dunglas/angular-csrf-bundle

CSRF protection when using AngularJS with Symfony2

v1.0.1 2016-11-07 06:37 UTC

README

This API Platform and Symfony bundle provides automatic Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF or XSRF) protection for client-side applications.

Despite the name, it works with any client-side technology including Angular, React, Vue.js and jQuery. Actually, any JavaScript code issuing XMLHttpRequest or using the Fetch API can leverage this bundle.

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How it Works

Thanks to this bundle, the server-side application (the Symfony app) will automatically set a cookie named XSRF-Token containing a unique token during the first HTTP response sent to the browser. Subsequent asynchronous requests made by the JavaScript app with xhr or fetch send back the value of the cookie in a special HTTP header named X-XSRF-Token.

To prevent CSRF attacks, the bundle will check that the header's value match the cookie's value. This way, it will be able to detect and block CSRF attacks.

AngularJS (v1)'s ng.$http service has a built-in support for this CSRF protection system. If you use another framework or HTTP client (such as Axios), you just need to read the cookie value and add the HTTP header containing it by yourself.

This bundle provides a Symfony's Event Listener that set the cookie and another one that checks the HTTP header to block CSRF attacks.

Thanks to DunglasAngularCsrfBundle, you get CSRF security without modifying your code base.

This bundle works fine with both API Platform and FOSRestBundle.

Installation

Use Composer to install this bundle:

composer require dunglas/angular-csrf-bundle

If you use Symfony Flex, you're done.

Otherwise add the bundle in your application kernel:

// app/AppKernel.php

public function registerBundles()
{
    return array(
        // ...
        new Dunglas\AngularCsrfBundle\DunglasAngularCsrfBundle(),
        // ...
    );
}

Configure URLs where the cookie must be set and that must be protected against CSRF attacks:

# app/config/security.yml
dunglas_angular_csrf:
    # Collection of patterns where to set the cookie
    cookie:
        set_on:
            - { path: ^/$ }
            - { route: ^app_, methods: [GET, HEAD] }
            - { host: example.com }
    # Collection of patterns to secure
    secure:
        - { path: ^/api, methods: [POST, PUT, PATCH, LINK] }
        - { route: ^api_v2_ }
        - { host: example.com, methods: [POST, PUT, PATCH, DELETE, LINK] }

Your app is now secured.

Examples

  • DunglasTodoMVCBundle: an implementation of the TodoMVC app using Symfony, Backbone.js and Chaplin.js

Full Configuration

dunglas_angular_csrf:
    token:
        # The CSRF token id
        id: angular
    header:
        # The name of the HTTP header to check (default to the AngularJS default)
        name: X-XSRF-TOKEN
    cookie:
        # The name of the cookie to set (default to the AngularJS default)
        name: XSRF-TOKEN
        # Expiration time of the cookie
        expire: 0
        # Path of the cookie
        path: /
        # Domain of the cookie
        domain: ~
        # If true, set the cookie only on HTTPS connection
        secure: false
        # Patterns of URLs to set the cookie
        set_on:
            - { path: "^/url-pattern", route: "^route_name_pattern$", host: "example.com", methods: [GET, POST] }
    # Patterns of URLs to check for a valid CSRF token
    secure:
        - { path: "^/url-pattern", route: "^route_name_pattern$", host: "example.com", methods: [GET, POST] }

Integration with the Symfony Form Component

When using the Symfony Form Component together with DunglasAngularCsrfBundle, the bundle will automatically disable the built-in form CSRF protection: the CSRF token stored in the header will be validated by the bundle and no form token will be set.

Credits

This bundle has been created by Kévin Dunglas.