SameSite Cookie Not Implemented

Severity: Best Practice
Summary#

Cookies are typically sent to third parties in cross origin requests. This can be abused to do CSRF attacks. Recently a new cookie attribute named SameSite was proposed to disable third-party usage for some cookies, to prevent CSRF attacks.

Same-site cookies allow servers to mitigate the risk of CSRF and information leakage attacks by asserting that a particular cookie should only be sent with requests initiated from the same registrable domain.

Remediation#

The server can set a same-site cookie by adding the SameSite=... attribute to the Set-Cookie header. There are three possible values for the SameSite attribute:

  • Lax: In this mode, the cookie will only be sent with a top-level get request.
    Set-Cookie: key=value; SameSite=Lax
  • Strict: In this mode, the cookie will not be sent with any cross-site usage even if the user follows a link to another website.
    Set-Cookie: key=value; SameSite=Strict
  • None: In this mode, the cookie will be sent with the cross-site requests. Cookies with SameSite=None must also specify the Secure attribute to transfer them via a secure context. Setting a SameSite=None cookie without the Secure attribute will be rejected by the browsers.
    Set-Cookie: key=value; SameSite=None; Secure

 

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