ESAPI Session Management

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Feature Overview (in Version 2.0)

  • Be able to distinguish initial login and subsequent login after session timeout (working)
  • To Change session ID after a successful login with optional session content replication so that a timed out user can continue where he/she has left off (working)
  • Safe session management functions that will reject invalid session requests. For example, a request for session contents on an expired session should be rejected until the session is reactivated.
  • Automatic CSRF token validation in a centralized location.
  • A collection of anti-CSRF tags that can automatically incorporate CSRF token in forms when used in JSP pages


Possible Enhancements

  • Add a secure form tag that does CSRF as well as other form protections like autocomplete
  • Separate session management API and CSRF from the Authentication and HTTP utilities
  • Add a flag to the changeSessionIdentifier method to not copy session content
  • Consider whether ESAPI can provide CSRF protection without the User object - can we break the dependency