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From Kevan Miller <>
Subject Re: Session creation triggered by XSS/XSRF filter
Date Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:40:22 GMT

On Jun 30, 2009, at 10:09 AM, Donald Woods wrote:

> To catch XSS/XSRF attacks, the code is run as the first item in the  
> filter chain before the web app's servlet is ever reached.  The  
> session has to be created before the request gets to the webapp, so  
> we can register the session id and a unique value before a response  
> is created to protect against the XSRF attacks.

Right. I don't have a problem with this...

> Not sure why you are seeing a session get created for a non-existent  
> URI, given the filter is registered in the web.xml and should have  
> the same mappings applied to it.  But, for the console, anything  
> under the root context is accepted, as there could be any number of  
> portlets registered (is this your scenario?)  If so, I don't know if  
> there is an easy way to change this behavior without major changes  
> to how we use Pluto (like integrating the protection into Pluto) and  
> we would still need the filter for the stand-alone webapps....

I don't know why we're creating a session either. But we're definitely  
running the XSSXSRFFilter for the following url -- localhost:8080/ 

Anybody interested in taking a look at this?


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