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From Nicholas Sherlock <>
Subject [users@httpd] Re: HTTPS only for login page (when apache front tomcat)
Date Thu, 22 Apr 2010 11:38:09 GMT
On 22/04/2010 5:29 p.m., Krist van Besien wrote:
> Just consider the following:
> - You direct a user to a login form. He enters username and password,
> gets authenticated and receives a session cookie from the server.
> - This session cookie is sent with each subsequent request, so that
> the requests can be associated with an authenticated user.
> - Someone intercepts this cookie by eavesdropping on the line. With
> this cookie this person can now impersonate the user without knowing
> the user's username or password...

Very true. However, it does protect the user's username and password. A 
large proportion of users use the same password for everything online. 
You don't want a login sniffed from your site to be used to breach the 
user's bank account.

Nicholas Sherlock

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