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PCI Scan - HTTP-only flag for cookies

Posted on 2013-11-14
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We have a request to change some code on our site to get PCI compliant. The request is as follows.

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The application does not utilise HTTP-only cookies. This is a new security feature introduced by Microsoft in IE 6 SP1 to mitigate the possibility of successful Cross-site Scripting attacks by not allowing cookies with the "HttpOnly" flag to be accessed via client-side scripts.

An attacker can easily steal a user's session if the attacker is able to manipulate the JavaScript. This vulnerability has a very high security impact if the site is also vulnerable to Cross Site Scripting (XSS).
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Can anyone briefly confirm what the issue is here an what we need to do? Is there a line of code we need to change or insert. Any comment much appreciated.
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See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie#HttpOnly_cookie  Further down on that page it shows the structure.  Your programming language will have a way to set the 'HTTPonly' parameter.
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