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[1.7.x] Prevented leaking the CSRF token through caching.

This is a security fix. Disclosure will follow shortly.

Backport of c083e38 from master
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aaugustin authored and timgraham committed Apr 20, 2014
1 parent 5467405 commit 380545bf85cbf17fc698d136815b7691f8d023ca
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  1. +9 −1 django/middleware/
  2. +27 −0 tests/cache/
@@ -47,7 +47,8 @@

from django.conf import settings
from django.core.cache import caches, DEFAULT_CACHE_ALIAS
from django.utils.cache import get_cache_key, learn_cache_key, patch_response_headers, get_max_age
from django.utils.cache import (get_cache_key, get_max_age, has_vary_header,
learn_cache_key, patch_response_headers)
from django.utils.deprecation import RemovedInDjango18Warning

@@ -91,8 +92,15 @@ def process_response(self, request, response):
if not self._should_update_cache(request, response):
# We don't need to update the cache, just return.
return response

if response.streaming or response.status_code != 200:
return response

# Don't cache responses that set a user-specific (and maybe security
# sensitive) cookie in response to a cookie-less request.
if not request.COOKIES and response.cookies and has_vary_header(response, 'Cookie'):
return response

# Try to get the timeout from the "max-age" section of the "Cache-
# Control" header before reverting to using the default cache_timeout
# length.
@@ -18,11 +18,13 @@
from django.core import management
from django.core.cache import (cache, caches, CacheKeyWarning,
InvalidCacheBackendError, DEFAULT_CACHE_ALIAS)
from django.core.context_processors import csrf
from django.db import connection, router, transaction
from django.core.cache.utils import make_template_fragment_key
from django.http import HttpResponse, StreamingHttpResponse
from django.middleware.cache import (FetchFromCacheMiddleware,
UpdateCacheMiddleware, CacheMiddleware)
from django.middleware.csrf import CsrfViewMiddleware
from django.template import Template
from django.template.response import TemplateResponse
from django.test import TestCase, TransactionTestCase, RequestFactory, override_settings
@@ -1739,6 +1741,10 @@ def hello_world_view(request, value):
return HttpResponse('Hello World %s' % value)

def csrf_view(request):
return HttpResponse(csrf(request)['csrf_token'])

@@ -1958,6 +1964,27 @@ def test_view_decorator(self):
response = other_with_prefix_view(request, '16')
self.assertEqual(response.content, b'Hello World 16')

def test_sensitive_cookie_not_cached(self):
Django must prevent caching of responses that set a user-specific (and
maybe security sensitive) cookie in response to a cookie-less request.
csrf_middleware = CsrfViewMiddleware()
cache_middleware = CacheMiddleware()

request = self.factory.get('/view/')

csrf_middleware.process_view(request, csrf_view, (), {})

response = csrf_view(request)

response = csrf_middleware.process_response(request, response)
response = cache_middleware.process_response(request, response)

# Inserting a CSRF cookie in a cookie-less request prevented caching.


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