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Re: [webappsec] CSP META tag support - keep or remove?

From: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:06:57 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJE5ia_im9j=jJTEOq0DqkOjZvDN8e7n-5vgQyGgXURx2frvDg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Daniel Veditz <dveditz@mozilla.com>
Cc: "Hill, Brad" <bhill@paypal-inc.com>, "public-webappsec@w3.org" <public-webappsec@w3.org>
On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM, Daniel Veditz <dveditz@mozilla.com> wrote:
> On 3/26/12 3:27 PM, Hill, Brad wrote:
>> * We have heard reports that the META tag is used to delay policy
>> enforcement: to pre-load some resources outside of CSP
>> restrictions, then inject it into a page to "lock it down".  If
>> this is to be a supported use-case, I think we need to update the
>> spec to make this very explicit.
> While sites might use that approach as a transitional device, I
> don't think it should be an explicitly supported use-case. The only
> safe way to use a <meta> policy is to put it first(-ish) in the
> document to minimize the risk of content injection that could negate it.
> The HTML spec is clear that <meta "http-equiv"> has to happen in the
> <head> we should be explicit about that requirement in the CSP spec
> as well.

Let's number the use cases for easy reference (from Brad's message):

1) Support static documents loaded by file: , data: or other non-HTTP methods
2) Get around header size restrictions for very complex policies
3) Pre-load some resources outside of CSP restrictions, then inject
[the CSP policy] into a page to "lock it down".

It seems like there are a few options here:

A) Support only use cases (1) and (2) and require user agents to
ignore <meta http-equiv> element outside the head.

B) Support use case (3) via another mechanism.  For example, we can
add a DOM (like document.contentSecurityPolicy) that can be used to
add a policy at run time.

C) Suppose use cases (1), (2), and (3) using a non-http-equiv <meta> element.

If this topic is controversial, we can also punt non-HTTP header
policy delivery to CSP 1.1.

Received on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 22:07:59 UTC

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