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Re: Do we need to rename the Origin header?

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 17:22:30 -0800
Message-ID: <496BECD6.8020603@sicking.cc>
To: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
CC: public-webapps@w3.org

Thomas Roessler wrote:
> On 12 Jan 2009, at 16:31, Jonas Sicking wrote:
>> There are 3 possible solutions that I can see to this:
>> 1. Change the name of the Origin header in Access-Control
>> 2. Change the name of the Origin header used for CSRF protection
>> 3. Change the behavior of one (or both) of the specs such that they
>> match in behavior.
>> My concern with doing 3 is that the CSRF protection part hasn't been
>> fully ironed out yet, so if we were to tie Access-Control the the CSRF
>> protection scheme then that might leave Access-Control in flux longer
>> than we want.
> My preference would be 3.  Having two almost identical headers in place 
> will only cause more confusion, and ultimately do damage.

Well, they have semantically different meanings:

The Access-Control one means "this is the party I'm sending data to".
The CSRF one means "this is the party that initiated the request".

But yeah, I agree that it would be great if we could use the same 
header. My main concern is if it's possible to change implementation at 
this stage though, I know some implementations are very close to 
shipping, specifically IE 8.

That said, here is a solution that might work for both Access-Control 
and CSRF protection:

Site A makes a request to site B,
   the UA adds the header "Origin: A"
Site B redirects the request to site C,
   the UA adds the header "Origin: A, B"

If the request is an Access-Control request, then in order for site C to 
authorize the request, it needs to send back 
"Access-Control-Allow-Origin: A, B".

However before even considering this I think we need to check with 
involved parties that have implementations to see if they will be able 
to change before shipping.

/ Jonas
Received on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 01:23:12 UTC

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