Is InformationWeek right? Are most all Drupal sites insecure?

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Personally, I think it’s just spreading FUD; but Information Week is reporting that “Just over a week ago, security researcher Mike Perry presented information at the DEFCON security conference about a vulnerability that affects many SSL-secured Web sites, including Amazon, Facebook, Gmail,, most Drupal sites, and many online merchants and banks. ”

I have no idea why Drupal would be mentioned by name in this manner, especially if it’s a problem with cookies and the SSL protocol.

Are there any Drupal core devs who would like to comment on this security issue? I’d love the write a follow-up blog post with the full story!

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  • John Wilkins
    Posted August 21, 2008 at 9:22 pm 0Likes

    We’re way ahead of you! ūüôā addresses the SSL-based session cookie issue. Dries committed it 3 days ago to Drupal 7 and Drupal 6. And Drupal 5 will be patched shortly.

    Here’s the comments I wrote for the patch:

    ‚ÄúTo prevent session cookies from being hijacked, a user can configure the SSL version of their website to only transfer session cookies via SSL by using PHP’s session.cookie_secure setting. The browser will then use two separate session cookies for the HTTPS and HTTP versions of the site.‚ÄĚ And the HTTPS session cookie will be protected from hijacking.

    You’ll still need to configure HP’s session.cookie_secure setting on the SSL version of the website, as Drupal doesn’t enforce that.

  • Christefano
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 4:41 am 0Likes

    There’s a patch that just landed in core that addresses this particular issue in Drupal:

    Mike Perry probably mentioned Drupal since that’s what his website is running.

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