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Session fixation

Session fixation

This test detects vulnerabilities in web applications, ensuring proper session management and protection against attacks.

Security Misconfiguration (SM)

"The session fixation test focuses on identifying vulnerabilities associated with session fixation attacks. In this type of attack, token and cookie values remain unchanged for a user before and after logging into the application, making their cookies consistent. Attackers can replay the attack by injecting the same vector values before login, allowing them access after login. To mitigate session fixation, it is crucial to utilize distinct parameter values for enhanced security."

"The session fixation test focuses on identifying vulnerabilities associated with session fixation attacks. In this type of attack, token and cookie values remain unchanged for a user before and after logging into the application, making their cookies consistent. Attackers can replay the attack by injecting the same vector values before login, allowing them access after login. To mitigate session fixation, it is crucial to utilize distinct parameter values for enhanced security."

Impact of the vulnerability

Impact of the vulnerability

The impact of the session fixation vulnerability can be significant, leading to unauthorized access and account compromise. Attackers can exploit fixed tokens and cookies, gaining control over user sessions and potentially manipulating sensitive data.

The impact of the session fixation vulnerability can be significant, leading to unauthorized access and account compromise. Attackers can exploit fixed tokens and cookies, gaining control over user sessions and potentially manipulating sensitive data.

How this template works

APIs Selection

The API selection filters in this template are used to filter and select specific API requests based on certain criteria. In this case, the filters include response code, request headers, and URL. The filters ensure that only API requests with a response code between 200 and 299, containing a specific request header key-value pair (JSESSIONID), and having a URL that contains certain keywords (login, signin, sign-in, log-in) are selected for further processing.

Execute request

The execute section in this template specifies the type of request to be executed and provides instructions for modifying the URL of the selected API requests. In this case, the type is set to "single" indicating that each selected API request will be executed individually. The modify_url instruction uses the extracted URL variable (urlVar) to modify the URL of each request.

Validation

The validation section defines the validation rules for the API responses. In this template, there are two validation rules specified using the "or" operator. The first rule checks if the response headers do not contain the "set-cookie" header. The second rule checks if the response headers contain the "set-cookie" header with a value that contains the extracted session value. These validation rules ensure that the API responses either do not contain the "set-cookie" header or contain it with the expected session value.

Frequently asked questions

What is session fixation and how does it pose a vulnerability in web applications

How can session fixation be mitigated in web applications

What are the potential impacts of a session fixation vulnerability

How does this test identify session fixation vulnerabilities in web applications

What are the recommended security measures to prevent session fixation attacks

Are there any industry standards or best practices related to session fixation prevention

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Loom

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Loom

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Rippling

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