CompTIA Security+ Question I-39

Peter, a user, in a coffee shop is checking his email over a wireless network. An attacker records the temporary credentials being passed to Peter’s browser. The attacker later uses the credentials to impersonate Peter and creates SPAM messages. Which of the following attacks allows for this impersonation?

A. XML injection
B. Directory traversal
C. Header manipulation
D. Session hijacking

Answer: D

In computer science, session hijacking, sometimes also known as cookie hijacking is the exploitation of a valid computer session—sometimes also called a session key—to gain unauthorized access to information or services in a computer system. In particular, it is used to refer to the theft of a magic cookie used to authenticate a user to a remote server. It has particular relevance to web developers, as the HTTP cookies used to maintain a session on many web sites can be easily stolen by an attacker using an intermediary computer or with access to the saved cookies on the victim’s computer.