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Re: tor weather subscription problem

On 01/02/2011 07:40, Scott Bennett wrote:

>      I just tried to sign up for the "tor weather" email service.  Clicking
> on the subscribe button after entering the information requested in various
> places earlier on the page yielded,
> Forbidden (403)
> CSRF verification failed. Request aborted.
> You are seeing this message because this HTTPS site requires a 'Referer header' to be sent
> by your web browser, but none was sent. This header is required for security reasons, to 
> ensure that your browser is not being hijacked by third parties.
> If you have configured your browser to disable 'Referer' headers, please re-enable them, at
> least for this site, or for HTTPS connections, or for 'same-origin' requests.
> More information is available with DEBUG=True.

As a web developer who has discovered and defended against CSRF in the
past, I feel I should express my opinion here. You should only use HTTP
referrers to prevent CSRF as a quick fix whilst a proper system is put
in place. A better way would be to embed a session ID in the form, pass
it in the POST data, and then compare it against the session id on the
server side.

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