Secure jsessionid with secure, httponly flags, jetty web server

asked 2018-05-11 02:11:23 +0800

ChrisDMac gravatar image ChrisDMac

updated 2018-05-14 15:50:44 +0800

cor3000 gravatar image cor3000
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I'm wondering how I can add the secure and httponly flags to jsessionid. I've tried adding the lines:


to both the web.xml and/or zk.xml files in my WEB-INF directory. This seems to have no effect.

What is the correct way to do this?


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answered 2018-05-14 16:19:16 +0800

cor3000 gravatar image cor3000
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According to the documentation the zk.xml doesn't have any <cookie-config>-element. So any attempt in zk.xml won't have any effect (no need to try).

Using web.xml worked on my side:

  • the JSESSIONID cookie was only returned/stored for HTTPS connections
  • non-secure HTTP connections used the URL rewriting fallback

Still the application works with or without HTTPS (so the effect is not instantly visible) However the expected effect becomes visible in the browser's developer tools -> only creates the cookie when running under HTTPS.

So a few questions from my side:

What kind of "effect" did you expect?

Did you configure your web.xml to use at least the servlet 3 spec (as mentioned here)?

Does your Jetty version support servlet spec 3.0 or above? -> Which jetty version do you use?

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