Protect Cookies

If the application is configured to be used via SSL connection, you may want to protect the application cookies, too.

Cookies are protected with Secure and HttpOnly flags.

By default, all cookies used in ORO applications have the secure flag set to auto. This means that cookies will have the secure flag for HTTPS requests and no such flag for HTTP requests.

All cookies, except for the CSRF cookie, have httponly flag set to true. This means that the cookie will not be accessible by scripting languages, such as JavaScript.

More information about this configuration is available in the cookie secure configuration section of Symfony documentation.

If your application uses proxy that makes redirects from https requests to http, the application will detect that the request was made with http request. As a result, the auto value for secure parameter will remove the secure flag.

In this case you can manually set this parameter for each cookie via the configuration or reconfigure your web sever to add the secure flag by the server.

Reconfigure Apache Web Server

To configure Apache web server:

  • Enable mod_headers.so in the Apache HTTP server configuration file;

  • In the configuration of your virtual domain, add:

    Header edit Set-Cookie ^(.*)$ $1;Secure
    
  • Restart the web server.