Content Security Policy (CSP) Not Implemented

Severity: Best Practice

CSP is an added layer of security that helps to mitigate mainly Cross-site Scripting attacks.

CSP can be enabled instructing the browser with a Content-Security-Policy directive in a response header;

 Content-Security-Policy: script-src 'self';

or in a meta tag;

<meta http-equiv="Content-Security-Policy" content="script-src 'self';"> 

In the above example, you can restrict script loading only to the same domain. It will also restrict inline script executions both in the element attributes and the event handlers. There are various directives which you can use by declaring CSP:

  • script-src: Restricts the script loading resources to the ones you declared. By default, it disables inline script executions unless you permit to the evaluation functions and inline scripts by the unsafe-eval and unsafe-inline keywords.
  • base-uri: The base element is used to resolve a relative URL to an absolute one. By using this CSP directive, you can define all possible URLs which could be assigned to the base-href attribute of the document.
  • frame-ancestors: It is very similar to X-Frame-Options HTTP header. It defines the URLs by which the page can be loaded in an iframe.
  • frame-src / child-src: frame-src is the deprecated version of child-src. Both define the sources that can be loaded by iframe on the page. (Please note that frame-src was brought back in CSP 3)
  • object-src : Defines the resources that can be loaded by embedding such as Flash files, Java Applets.
  • img-src: As its name implies, it defines the resources where the images can be loaded from.
  • connect-src: Defines the whitelisted targets for XMLHttpRequest and WebSocket objects.
  • default-src: It is a fallback for the directives that mostly end with -src suffix. When the directives below are not defined, the value set to default-src will be used instead:
    • child-src
    • connect-src
    • font-src
    • img-src
    • manifest-src
    • media-src
    • object-src
    • script-src
    • style-src

When setting the CSP directives, you can also use some CSP keywords:

  • none: Denies loading resources from anywhere.
  • self : Points to the document's URL (domain + port).
  • unsafe-inline: Permits running inline scripts.
  • unsafe-eval: Permits execution of evaluation functions such as eval().

In addition to CSP keywords, you can also use wildcard or only a scheme when defining whitelist URLs for the points. Wildcard can be used for subdomain and port portions of the URLs:

Content-Security-Policy: script-src https://*;
Content-Security-Policy: script-src*;
Content-Security-Policy: script-src https:;

It is also possible to set a CSP in Report-Only mode instead of forcing it immediately in the migration period. Thus you can see the violations of the CSP policy in the current state of your web site while migrating to CSP:

Content-Security-Policy-Report-Only: script-src 'self'; report-uri:;

There is no direct impact of not implementing CSP on your website. However, if your website is vulnerable to a Cross-site Scripting attack CSP can prevent successful exploitation of that vulnerability. By not implementing CSP you’ll be missing out on this extra layer of security.

Actions To Take#
  • Enable CSP on your website by sending the Content-Security-Policy in HTTP response headers that instruct the browser to apply the policies you specified.
  • Apply the whitelist and policies as strict as possible.
  • Rescan your application to see if Invicti identifies any weaknesses in your policies.

Enable CSP on your website by sending the Content-Security-Policy in HTTP response headers that instruct the browser to apply the policies you specified.


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