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FF67 is deleting a session cookie too soon.
A new problem has occurred since updating to FF 67.0.
My default configuration is to block all cookies. For those sites I wish to allow, I create exceptions to either Allow or Allow for Session.
On one of the sites I use I have an exception as: https://CompanyName.com Allow for Session (name changed to protect the innocent)
There are a number of subdomains used and so all subdomain cookies are allowed for the session.
As of FireFox 67, I could no longer log into the site. I found that it was stuck in a loop reloading the page.
If I allowed all cookies, then the login would work. Once logged in, I could block all cookies again and everything continued to work on the site. So it was only the process of logging in that was failing.
First thing I did was disable all cookie related add-ons. That didn't help. If I changed the setting for CompanyName.com to Allow, it worked. Next I tried setting CompanyName.com back to Allow for Session and tried each subdomain with the Allow. What I found was I need to change one specific subdomain to Allow, so now my exceptions list is like this: https://CompanyName.com Allow for Session https://login.CompanyName.com Allow
So it seems as though the necessary cookie for login.CompanyName.com was being removed early so the log in could not be completed. Once a log in was successful, I could look at the cookies and see them for this subdomain (as well as the others).
I can't see anything I did wrong, so I'm thinking there may be a bug somewhere in FF67.
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Hmm, thank you for the details. If one hostname is a third party to the others, perhaps the more specific exception is needed to overcome a third party cookie block? I think this will need some more testing to understand how it changed.
If you want to engage with the developers, check whether there is a bug for this on Bugzilla, or file a new one: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/
The cookie might not be removed, but simply not send with only an allow for session exception. An Allow exception might be needed to get full permission for third-party domains. Maybe you can check this in the Storage Inspector and in the Network Monitor to see what cookies are send.
There were no third party cookies involved. I should have stated in the original post that it worked fine when I allowed first party cookies only. Also, I had already looked with the developer tools mentioned by cor-el because my first instinct was that a third-party cookie was involved but that was not the case.
I just found another site that has a similar symptom... nextdoor.com.
I have an exception for https://nextdoor.com to Allow for Session.
When I try to log in as I've always been able to do before FF67, I get the following message appearing at the top of the window: There was an error establishing a session. Please try again. and it is still on the login page. Looking at the storage inspector, all the cookies are for nextdoor.com, nothing else.
If I allow first party cookies only, then the log in works.
For the nextdoor website the Network Monitor shows an XHR POST to https://flask.nextdoor.com So maybe in your case also check in the Network Monitor for a similar request to such a such a domain the compare the HTTP request headers to see what cookies are send in both cases. You can right-click the column header to select what column data to display.
- "3-bar" menu button or Tools -> Web Developer
Sorry, cor-el, but I think you've gone beyond me there. Yes, I see the XHR post to https://flash.nextdoor.com, but I don't know what I should be looking for or what the data is telling me.
I have confirmed that if I set https://nextdoor.com to Allow instead of Allow for session, it works. If I leave https://nextdoor.com as Allow for sesson and set https://flask.nextdoor.com to Allow, it still fails.
This behaviour is new to FF67. I'm not able to get into the guts of FF to try to figure this out. If I can be provided very detailed tests to do, I may be able to get further information. On the other hand, I'd assume a lot of people would have such problems and it should be easy to track down for those in the know. I don't see why it should just be me with this issue.