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Re: Secure dynamic JS compilation under CSP

From: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:24:02 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJE5ia9vO5n3Ye3y2v5Yt2007-tiX_WTwbjLyvgk5=nb0LwjHw@mail.gmail.com>
To: John J Barton <johnjbarton@johnjbarton.com>
Cc: public-webappsec@w3.org
On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM, John J Barton
<johnjbarton@johnjbarton.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com> wrote:
>> If you want to use eval, you can enable it by listing 'unsafe-eval'
>> (with the quotes) in the script-src part of your CSP policy:
>> default-src 'self'; script-src 'self' 'unsafe-eval'
> Thanks for the suggestion. However this option does not seem to be allowed
> for Chrome extensions:
> http://code.google.com/chrome/extensions/contentSecurityPolicy.html#H2-3

Correct.  Chrome extensions limit the sorts of CSP policies you can use.

> Any other suggestions?

I'd recommend asking on the Chrome Extensions mailing list.  I'll be
happy to answer your questions there.  :)

> By the way I object to the name of this option. "unsafe-eval" implies that
> eval is unsafe or that the CSP user intends to use eval in an unsafe manner.
> Neither of these is true for any practical users of CSP.  The problem is not
> eval(), it is inadequate vetting of content obtained over the network.

Empirically, use of eval is unsafe.  According to a recent study
conducted before the migration to mainfest_version 2, about 1% of
Chrome Extensions contained XSS because of their use of eval.


>> On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM, John J Barton
>> <johnjbarton@johnjbarton.com> wrote:
>> > Hi. I was looking into converting my application to use CSP when I
>> > learned
>> > that neither eval nor new Function() are allowed. I have a large
>> > application
>> > that uses these features to compile JS at runtime. I am wondering what
>> > alternatives are available.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > jjb
Received on Thursday, 19 July 2012 19:25:08 UTC

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