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Re: Session Hijacking over HTTP
From: "Gleb Paharenko" <gpaharenko () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 22:27:29 +0200

Hi.

IMHO when attacker controls HTTP flow it can read and modify all data
which is sent to you. Public key cryptography can solve this issue,
however browsers have only SSL implementation (transport OSI layer) by
default. You can not use javascript implementation to protect cookies
in case it is downloaded from the site, as I said before
attacker can modify your javascript routienes when they're downloaded
for the first time. For custom, corporate solution you should use
customization and addons for browser so the user can not bypass SSL
warning. The customized software should be distributed by trusted
channel.

2008/3/18, 11ack3r <11ack3r () gmail com>:
Hello Everyone,

 I was curious to know how would webmail portals like gmail.com and
 yahoo.com protect their users from session hijacking when they use
 HTTP after authentication.

 As I see it is trivial to capture traffic over the wire including
 session cookies. In such a case can an attacker just reuse the session
 cookies in his/her browser and compromise the user account?

 WHat is the best way to protect session cookies from hijacking esp.
 due to network eavesdropping? Of course HTTPS can also be bypassed
 with MITM attacks if users ignore browser warnings.

 Looking forward to some knowledge here.

 Cheers!!

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Best regards.
Gleb Pakharenko.
http://gpaharenko.livejournal.com

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