Do not mix session tokens and authentication tokens

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- J.D. Meier, Alex Mackman, Michael Dunner, Srinath Vasireddy, Ray Escamilla and Anandha Murukan

Secure session management requires that you do not mix the two types of tokens. First, secure the authentication token to make sure an attacker cannot capture it and use it to gain access to the restricted areas of your application. Second, build your application in such a way that the session token alone cannot be used to gain access to sensitive pages or data. The session token should be used only for personalization purposes or to maintain the user state across multiple HTTP requests. Without authentication, do not maintain sensitive items of the user state.


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