User:Pawel Krawczyk/List of useful HTTP headers

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This page lists useful security-related HTTP headers. In most web application frameworks HTTP headers can be set in web server configuration, without changing actual application's code. This is often significantly faster and cheaper solution for at least partial mitigation of existing issues, and a quick additional layer of defense for new applications.

Real life examples

Below examples present selected HTTP headers as set by popular websites to demonstrate that they are indeed being used in production services:


As of January 2013 Facebook main page was setting these security related HTTP headers.

Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=60
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
X-Frame-Options: DENY
X-WebKit-CSP: default-src *; script-src https://*
  http://* https://* http://* *
  * * ** **
  'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval' https://* http://*;
  style-src * 'unsafe-inline'; connect-src https://* http://*
  https://* http://* * **
  https://* ws://** http://*;
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block

Especially interesting is Facebook's use of Content Security Policy (using Google Chrome syntax), whose implementation can be challenging for large sites with heavy usage of JavaScript.


As of January 2013 Google+ main page was setting these security related HTTP headers:

x-content-type-options: nosniff
x-frame-options: SAMEORIGIN
x-xss-protection: 1; mode=block