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CSRF Protection

Last updated 8 months ago

Introduction

CSRF protection typically entails setting a unique token to the user for that page request that matches the same token on the server. This prevents any person from submitting a form without the correct token. There are many online resources that teach what CSRF does and how it works but Masonite makes it really simple to use.

Getting Started

Usage

The CSRF features for Masonite are located in the CsrfProvider Service Provider and the CsrfMiddleware. If you do not wish to have CSRF protection then you can safely remove both of these.

The CsrfProvider simply loads the CSRF features into the container and the CsrfMiddleware is what actually generates the keys and checks if they are valid.

Templates

By default, all POST requests require a CSRF token. We can simply add a CSRF token in our forms by adding the {{ csrf_field }} tag to our form like so:

<form action="/dashboard" method="POST">
{{ csrf_field }}
<input type="text" name="first_name">
</form>

This will add a hidden field that looks like:

<input type="hidden" name="__token" value="8389hdnajs8...">

If this token is changed or manipulated, Masonite will throw an InvalidCsrfToken exception from inside the middleware.

If you attempt a POST request without the {{ csrf_field }} then you will receive a InvalidCsrfException exception. This just means you are either missing the Jinja2 tag or you are missing that route from the exempt class attribute in your middleware.

Exempting Routes

Not all routes may require CSRF protection such as OAuth authentication or various webhooks. In order to exempt routes from protection we can add it to the exempt class attribute in the middleware located at app/http/middleware/CsrfMiddleware.py:

class CsrfMiddleware:
"""Verify CSRF Token Middleware
"""
exempt = [
'/oauth/github'
]
...

Now any POST routes that are to your-domain.com/oauth/github are not protected by CSRF and no checks will be made against this route. Use this sparingly as CSRF protection is crucial to application security but you may find that not all routes need it.