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Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2013 10:06:30 +0100
From: Marc Nimmerrichter <>
Subject: Re: Seems like Coinbase Security Team doesn't
 know how their cookie works

>> While i don't see the point of saving the csrf token in a cookie i must say
>> that in every fucking programming book there is written that tokens should
>> be regenerated after logins.
>> Or maybe i am just crazy or there are some other factors i did not
>> considered?
> Cookies don't completely remediate Injections and CSRF (as you can see).

I'd say that cookies never remediate CSRF, but are rather the cause of 
CSRF. So a CSRF token stored in a cookie doesn't make sense. It should 
be stored in a hidden field for example.

 >> Or maybe i am just crazy or there are some other factors i did not
 >> considered?

You said that you could perform actions on the victim's account by 
simply setting/knowing the CSRF token, is that right? So to me it seems 
as if they were using the CSRF token for authentication rather than for 
CSRF-prevention. If this is the case, then they have 2 vulnerabilities 
here: Session fixation and CSRF.


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