What if i’m using rails as api, so my frontend is seperated from rails can i still prevent csrf and how?
So lets take an example where we use ember for frontend and rails as api.
In this case, apart from adding
protect_from_forgery in application controller you have to do additional three things.
One you have to add the following code in application controller:
Here we are sending the newly generated
form_authenticity_token in the response of xhr request(ajax- XMLHttpRequest)
request.xhr? is to ensure that it is ajax request, we would not want to send the token to any other request right.
Two you have to set this new token in meta tag by extracting it from the response.
Third you will send csrf token in the request header by extracting it from the meta tag.
you can achieve two and three by adding following code in
app.js of ember
Why change csrf token in header on every post request and not only when session changes?
If it were to change token only when session changes there would be an extra overhead to trigger session change and then generate csrf token and set in header.
It is a lot easier to randomally generate csrf token using
session[:_csrf_token] on every post request.
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