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How would you respond to a complaint about a timeout issue?

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I've built a web application that has been sold onto dozens of customers in the UK and Ireland. One customer is complaining about a timeout issue, but its their process to blame (the system times out after 15 minutes which gives enough opportunity to fill out a form!) but they've raised a complaint.

How do I explain in clear English that its a security feature, and that it needs to be included to pass a Pen test?
Oct 17 '13 #1
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Hi Sambora and welcome to!

I would probably write something like "Dear customer, thank you for your message. The timeout you described is not an error but a security feature; it is assumed that if the form is not completed within 15 minutes it may have been left open by mistake. This could pose a security risk which is why the system will timeout to protect the customers data."

It's not perfect I guess (and it should be adapted to your situation) but I think something of the kind should do.
Oct 18 '13 #2

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You could also consider allowing the end user to configure the time out value so that they can pick a time that they deem reasonable (within a max/min constraint that you deem reasonable of course).

I store this type of thing in the web.config file.

Oct 23 '13 #3

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