Secure cookies

PREREQUISITES: You must have installed SSL on your site and you must have configured all backend pages to require SSL.
For more information, see Administration: Configure SSL.

Claims authentication 

The .AspNet.Cookies is the cookie of the relaying party. The cookie of the STS depends on the protocol you use. It is one of the following:

  • idsrv
    For OpenID Connect
    For WRAP/SWT.

Relying party 

To configure the security of the Relying party .AspNet.Cookies cookie, perform the following:

  1. Navigate to Administration » Settings » Advanced.
  2. In the left pane, expand Authentication and click RelyingParty.
  3. In the Authentication cookie security dropdown box, select one of the following:
    • SameAsRequest
      This is the default value. This way, the cookie is automatically secured, if the site is under SSL.
    • Always
      The cookie is always secured and must be served under HTTPS.
    • Never
      The cookie is not secured.
  4. Save your changes.

STS (OpenID Connect)

In OpenId Connect, the Security Token Service cookie idsrv is always configured as SameAsRequest.


To secure the STS cookie in WRAP/SWT, perform the following: 

  1. Open the web.config file of the STS webapp. 
  2. Inside section <system.web>, find <authentication mode="None" /> and replace it with the following:
  3. Save and close the web.config and restart the application.
    The .ASPXAUTH cookie is secured.
  4. Run your project and clear all browser cookies. 

Forms authentication  

The .SFAUTH is the cookie connected to Forms authentication. 
To secure the .SFAUTH cookie, perform the following: 

  1. In Sitefinity CMS backend, click Administration » Settings » Advanced » Security.  
  2. Select AuthCookieRequireSsl checkbox. 
  3. Restart the application. 
  4. Run your project and clear all browser cookies.  

List of cookies

The following table lists cookies that Sitefinity CMS uses.

Cookie Description  Expires 
Logs the page visit. 180 days
sf-tracking-consent Saves the tracking consent choice, made by visitors.  9999 days 
In multisite environment, remembers the ID of the current site.  2 years 
sf-prs-ss Holds the time of first page visit.  Session
sf-prs-lu Saves the landing URL.  Session
sf-prs-vp Saves the visited pages that are part of personalization segments.  Session
sf-prs-vu Saves the visited URLs that are part of personalization segments.  Session
Contains information about the browser session and enables visitors to log into the website.  Session 
.ASPXAUTH Determines whether a user is authenticated.   
.SFAUTH (configurable)  Used for authentication tickets caching.  600 minutes by default (configurable) 
.SFROLES (configurable)  Used to cache user roles.  30 minutes by default (configurable) 
.SFLOG (configurable)  Used to pass the reason to login form and to display the reason.   
The relying party cookie (claims authentication mode) that is used to cache authentication information. You can configure it in the AuthenticationConfig. Expiration depends on the Remember me checkbox.
Sliding, 600 minutes or session (configurable) 
.AspNet.Temp.Cookies Helper relying party cookie during authentication.
5 minutes
Handles the claims token (claims authentication mode). Could be configured in the SecurityConfig file.
118 minutes by default (configurable) 
sf_timezoneoffset  Stores the value of the UTC time zone offset for the particular user, that is, the timezone difference between UTC and the user's local time, in minutes. This cookie is stored only for logged in users.  Session 
sfExpPages_ + rootNodeKey  Saves the key of the node expanded in the backend.  1 year 
Holds the ID of the customer's shopping cart.  6 months 
Holds the display currency selected by the customer.  Session 
Used to get the Munchkin token - only for Marketo connector.   
Used for counting web visits as a unique parameter.  Persistent
Used in the issues grid of email campaigns A/B test.  2 years 
Used in the issues grid of email campaigns.  2 years 
Used to cache current cart order ID - only if configured.   
IdentityServer3 cookie used to cache information about the current user. Expiration depends on Remember me checkbox. Configuration in AuthenticationConfig.
30 days or session (configurable)
Used to validate the identity token received from the Identity Provider (IdenityServer). It is a session cookie, but the information contained expires in 1 hour


Once you start an A/B test, this cookie stores the IDs of the page variations, already visited by contacts.

30 years
sf_abtests  The sf_abtest cookie has been renamed to sf_abtests as of Sitefinity version 13.2.7524.0.   30 years 

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