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V3 - Session Management




One of the core components of any web-based application or stateful API is the mechanism by which it controls and maintains the state for a user or device interacting with it. Session management changes a stateless protocol to stateful, which is critical for differentiating different users or devices. Ensure that a verified application satisfies the following high-level session management requirements: • Sessions are unique to each individual and cannot be guessed or shared. • Sessions are invalidated when no longer required and timed out during periods of inactivity. As previously noted, these requirements have been adapted to be a compliant subset of selected NIST 800-63b controls, focused around common threats and commonly exploited authentication weaknesses. Previous verification requirements have been retired, de-duped, or in most cases adapted to be strongly aligned with the intent of mandatory NIST 800-63b requirements.