CSRF protection for Django without cookies.
What is this?
pip install django-session-csrf
git clone git://github.com/mozilla/django-session-csrf.git
Replace django.core.context_processors.csrf with session_csrf.context_processor in your TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS:
TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS = ( ... 'session_csrf.context_processor', ... )
Replace django.middleware.csrf.CsrfViewMiddleware with session_csrf.CsrfMiddleware in your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES and make sure it is listed after the AuthenticationMiddleware:
MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES = ( ... 'django.contrib.auth.middleware.AuthenticationMiddleware', ... 'session_csrf.CsrfMiddleware', ... )
Then we have to monkeypatch Django to fix the @csrf_protect decorator:
import session_csrf session_csrf.monkeypatch()
Make sure that’s in something like your root urls.py so the patch gets applied before your views are imported.
Differences from Django
django-session-csrf does not assign CSRF tokens to anonymous users because we don’t want to support a session for every anonymous user. Instead, views that need anonymous forms can be decorated with @anonymous_csrf:
from session_csrf import anonymous_csrf @anonymous_csrf def login(request): ...
anonymous_csrf uses the cache to give anonymous users a lightweight session. It sends a cookie to uniquely identify the user and stores the CSRF token in the cache. It can be controlled through these settings:
the name used for the anonymous user’s cookie
the cache timeout (in seconds) to use for the anonymous CSRF tokens
Default: 60 * 60 * 2 # 2 hours
Note that by default Django uses local-memory caching, which will not work with anonymous CSRF if there is more than one web server thread. To use anonymous CSRF, you must configure a cache that’s shared between web server instances, such as Memcached. See the Django cache documentation for more information.
If you only want a view to have CSRF protection for logged-in users, you can use the anonymous_csrf_exempt decorator. This could be useful if the anonymous view is protected through a CAPTCHA, for example.
from session_csrf import anonymous_csrf_exempt @anonymous_csrf_exempt def protected_in_another_way(request): ...
If you want all views to have CSRF protection for anonymous users, use the following setting:
always provide CSRF protection for anonymous users
Why do I want this?
Your site is on a subdomain with other sites that are not under your control, so cookies could come from anywhere.
You’re worried about attackers using Flash to forge HTTP headers.
You’re tired of requiring a Referer header.
Why don’t I want this?
Storing tokens in sessions means you have to hit your session store more often.
It’s a little bit more work to CSRF-protect forms for anonymous users.
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