Thursday Jun 18, 2009

Moving OpenSSO Session Cookie Hijacking Information

In reorganizing and rewriting the OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Administration Guide, I thought the chapter on session cookie hijacking was in the wrong place. The Administration Guide is a guide for administering and configuring OpenSSO Enterprise using the console and the command line. The information in the session cookie hijacking chapter, with its emphasis on a technical overview, security issues and configuration seemed more inline with a task that would be done post OpenSSO installation and deployment. Thus the chapter was moved, intact, to the OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Installation and Configuration Guide.

So, if looking for information on session cookie hijacking, check out Chapter 19, Taking Precautions Against Session-Cookie Hijacking in an OpenSSO Enterprise Deployment in the aforementioned ICG.

And speaking of moving, here's Kate Bush, live at the Hammersmith Odeon, with the first cut from The Kick Inside, Moving.

Move over, Madonna. THIS was the first time I had seen anyone use the telephone operator microphone in a live performance.

Monday Apr 28, 2008

Sticky Cookies and Sticky Fingers

A load balancer deployed with OpenSSO must support sticky sessions. A sticky session specifies that once a session is created by a specific OpenSSO instance subsequent requests from the user will be routed to that same instance to preserve session information. If you have a deployment with a load balancer between 2 instances of OpenSSO, you can configure the load balancer for cookie stickiness by defining the value of the com.iplanet.am.lbcookie property to the name of the cookie; amlbcookie is the default name of the sticky cookie. When cookie stickiness is enabled, you will get better performance from OpenSSO by avoiding back channel communications, and the OpenSSO console will work properly behind the load balancer. More information on cookies and sticky sessions can be found in the official Access Manager 7.1 documentation. And since sticky cookies give you sticky fingers, here's a live video of The Rolling Stones singing a song (which shall remain nameless in this entry) from their 1971 LP, Sticky Fingers.

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