Breaking: #79513 - Removed session locking based on useragent

See forge#79513


When using session data or user-login functionality with TYPO3, the default configuration was to harden the session binding to the User Agent information sent by the HTTP request. If the user agent information does not match, the session gets renewed and the user gets logged out.

The options $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['FE']['lockHashKeyWords'] and $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['BE']['lockHashKeyWords'] were set to "useragent" by default to use this additional session locking check.

This case is especially problematic when having a larger website (e.g. a community platform) with 100K frontend users and the session lifetime set to 6 months. After every security update of the browser or possibly a plugin, or if a version update is happening on Evergreen Browsers, then all users would get logged out, which is inconvenient.

Based on the additional security level on top versus the user experience on the site, the "useragent" functionality has been dropped. Since the "lockHashKeyWords" options did only work on "useragent" and no other functionality was integrated, the option (and related, the database fields "ses_hashlock" as well) has been removed without substitution.


The options $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['FE']['lockHashKeyWords'] and $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['BE']['lockHashKeyWords'] are removed automatically when hitting the install tool.

The database fields 'fe_sessions.ses_hashlock' and 'be_sessions.ses_hashlock' have been removed.

The public property $lockHashKeyWords of the PHP class AbstractUserAuthentication has been removed and will throw a PHP Notice when trying to access it.

All other functionality related to sessions still works the same.

Affected Installations

Any installation using the configuration options for custom checks based on the session handling with third-party extensions, which is very unlikely.


The TYPO3 Install Tool removes the configuration option for existing installations. Using the "Database Comparison" view, it is possible to remove the fields from the database.