Joomla: Session hijacking vulnerability, CVE-2008-4122
When configuring a web application to use only ssl (e. g. by forwarding all
http-requests to https), a user would expect that sniffing and hijacking the
session is impossible.
Though, for this to be secure, one needs to set the session cookie to have the
secure flag. Else the cookie will be transferred through http if the victim's
browser does a single http-request on the same domain.
Joomla 1.5.8 does not set that flag. I've contacted the Joomla security team
in advance but got no reply.
2008-11-18: Vendor contacted
2008-12-16 Published advisory
Credits and copyright
This vulnerability was discovered by Hanno Boeck of schokokeks.org webhosting.
It's licensed under the creative commons attribution license.
Hanno Boeck, http://www.hboeck.de
-- Hanno Boeck