Sensitive Cookie Without 'HttpOnly' Flag in yeswiki/yeswiki


Reported on

Oct 5th 2021


The software uses a cookie to store sensitive information, but the cookie is not marked with the HttpOnly flag. The HttpOnly flag directs compatible browsers to prevent client-side script from accessing cookies. Including the HttpOnly flag in the Set-Cookie HTTP response header helps mitigate the risk associated with Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) where an attacker's script code might attempt to read the contents of a cookie and exfiltrate information obtained. When set, browsers that support the flag will not reveal the contents of the cookie to a third party via client-side script executed via XSS. is vulnerable to Sensitive Cookie Without HttpOnly Flag as shown below:

Proof of concept


    public function logIn($remember = 0)
        $_SESSION['user'] = array(
            'name'              => $this->properties['name'],
            'password'          => $this->properties['password'],
            'email'             => $this->properties['email'],
            'motto'             => $this->properties['motto'],
            'revisioncount'     => $this->properties['revisioncount'],
            'changescount'      => $this->properties['changescount'],
            'doubleclickedit'   => $this->properties['doubleclickedit'],
            'show_comments'     => $this->properties['show_comments'],
        $this->wiki->setPersistentCookie('name', $this->properties['name'], $remember);
        $this->wiki->setPersistentCookie('password', $this->properties['password'], $remember);
        $this->wiki->setPersistentCookie('remember', $remember, $remember);

The login function doesnt set the HTTPOnly flag on valid session, to show that do the following:


Login to the site
In firefox Press Ctrl+Shift+I (Cmd+Option+I on macOS) to open Developer Tools.
Click the heading of the 'Storage' tab.
On the left side of the panel, make sure to select the desired site under 'Cookies.'
Observe the HTTP Only property is set to false.


If the cookie in question is an authentication cookie, then not setting the HttpOnly flag may allow an adversary to steal authentication data (e.g., a session ID) and assume the identity of the user.

We have contacted a member of the yeswiki team and are waiting to hear back a year ago
a year ago


Indeed, there is only one cookie with httponly = false but it is not defined by logIn function. I pushed a commit to fix the httponly for the last concerned cookie.

Jérémy Dufraisse validated this vulnerability a year ago
hitisec has been awarded the disclosure bounty
The fix bounty is now up for grabs
Jérémy Dufraisse marked this as fixed with commit df42b0 a year ago
Jérémy Dufraisse has been awarded the fix bounty
This vulnerability will not receive a CVE
YesWiki.php#L1721-L1724 has been validated
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