Saturday, 27 November 2010

Change to session cookies for Claims Based Authentication

When you log into SharePoint using Claims Based Authentication, a cookie is written/persisted to ​disk (FedAuth) to persist your session, which prevents you having to be authenticated each time you open a new browser or re-boot.  So using a FedAuth cookie allows the browser to close and re-open windows as long as the FedAuth cookie has not expired.  For ADFS, FedAuth cookie expiry is by default set to expire 10 minute earlier than the SAML token.

You can change the cookie to be session based by running this PowerShell script:

$sts = Get-SPSecurityTokenServiceConfig
$sts.UseSessionCookies = $true

You can revert back to a disk based cookie (default) by running this:

$sts.UseSessionCookies = $false

Show cookies on a local machine for Internet Explorer

IE > Internet Options> General > Browser history "Settings" > Temporary Internet Files "View files".

Update 2016/03/10
Tip:  I wanted to examine a cookie to check the user being authenticate, and I opened the cookie using a base64 online decoder

Update: 2016/11/23
IE Developer tool bar and Fiddler are great and easy to use and pretty feature rich but lately I have been using Chromes Developer toolbar press "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "i".


Clarizion said...

The problem with doing this is that you kill all Office Client Integration functionality as the disk based cookie (persistent) is necessary to allow the Office client to share the authentication accross the executable threads. If this is desired behavior then this is fine. But since Office doesn't handle the 302 redirect and that is seen with Claims.

Paul Beck said...

Good point Clarizion. Thanks for the info.

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