CSP, SRI and CORS
Written on 13 February 2018, 09:10pm
Content Security Policy (CSP)
The modern browsers are able to interpret the
Content-Security-Policy HTTP header that defines which dynamic assets are allowed to load on a given website. Alternatively, the CSP content can be sent using
meta HTML tags.
// allow everything but only from the same origin: default-src 'self'; // allow JS but only from example.eu and from the same origin: script-src 'self' https://example.eu/myapp; // allow XMLHttpRequests but only from example.eu and the same origin: connect-src 'self' https://example.eu/myapp;
The amazing thing about CSP is the
Report-URI attribute, which will report the deviations from the policy to the specified URL:
Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'self'; report-uri http://reportcollector.example.com/collector.cgi
One of the services collecting such reports is report-uri.com.
SRI is a very simple and effective concept: the modern browsers load a given asset only if its hash matches the one defined in the ‘integrity’ attribute.
So instead of doing this:
it’s recommended to do this:
or even better, link each version of the remote asset with its own URL and hash:
Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)
– a script on client.com wants to access some data from server.com (ex. XMLHttpRequest)
– by default, the same-origin browser policy blocks this request
– but by adding some special response headers, server.com can allow the script client.com to access the data.
The modern browsers have implemented a mechanism allowing scripts (like
XMLHTTPRequest) to make cross-domain requests. This is Cross-Origin Resource Sharing and it uses a relatively less used HTTP request method (
OPTIONS) plus several response headers (
Resources from Mozilla Development Network (MDN):
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