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CSP script hashes

From: Nicholas Green <ngreen@twitter.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:32:16 -0800
Message-ID: <CADYSid_-P20Ax-wgbYXQCiMpTFZv5dQEdRy0BPXY3VtKMnkRuw@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-webappsec@w3.org
Hi folks,

  There has been some discussion around hashes rather than nonces for
<script>/<style>s recently, and I wanted to support that suggestion.
My proposal would be we send down a header of script-hashes <hash>
<hash> ..., that specifies which scripts can run on a page.  This is,
I think, what ISSUE-36 proposes.

  The reason this is appealing to us is that the only real blockers
that we have encountered while implementing CSP headers that restrict
inline scripts and styles are:

1) Scripts that must be run at a certain time during page load.
2) Styles that should be applied from initial page load.
3) Scripts and styles that are inlined for performance reasons (i.e.
to avoid an extra round trip on high latency connections).

  None of these require any dynamic content to be present in the
scripts or styles, thus script hashes, which could either complement
or work independently of script nonces, that allowed us to specify the
hashes of scripts that we will allow to run inline would be
sufficient.  Since the content is static these hashes can be
calculated at the deploy time (light on the server), and don't need to
be salted with any server side secrets, this should be relatively
straightforward.  Of course some details (i.e. ignore whitespace?)
would have to be specified to ensure interoperability.  I realize this
will be non-trivial to implement for some applications, but think the
benefit is worth it.  It certainly would be from our perspective.

  One last point: Since assets are often served from CDNs generating
random nonces per request may be tricky, but if we just need to change
headers each time we change assets, I think we dodge the CDN
difficulties as well as potential caching issues.

  Thoughts?  Implementation hurdles?  Other places this is already
covered that I should've read?

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