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Cookies exchanged between the Apache web server and the client, such as session cookies, must have cookie properties set to prohibit client-side scripts from reading the cookie data.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-214302 AS24-U2-000880 SV-214302r881518_rule Medium
A cookie can be read by client-side scripts easily if cookie properties are not set properly. By allowing cookies to be read by the client-side scripts, information such as session identifiers could be compromised and used by an attacker who intercepts the cookie. Setting cookie properties (i.e., HttpOnly property) to disallow client-side scripts from reading cookies better protects the information inside the cookie.
Apache Server 2.4 UNIX Site Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-14


Check Text ( C-15515r277247_chk )
In a command line, run "httpd -M | grep -i session_cookie_module".

Review the "httpd.conf" file.

If the "Session" and "SessionCookieName" directives are not present, this is a finding.

If "Session" is not "on" and "SessionCookieName" does not contain "httpOnly" and "secure", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-15513r881517_fix)
Determine the location of the "HTTPD_ROOT" directory and the "httpd.conf" file:

# apachectl -V | egrep -i 'httpd_root|server_config_file'
-D HTTPD_ROOT="/etc/httpd"
-D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE="conf/httpd.conf"

Set "Session" to "on".

Ensure the "SessionCookieName" directive includes "httpOnly" and "secure".