I create and I see more and more web applications sharing the same powerful architecture:
- Server-side, a REST API built with the popular Symfony framework and its ecosystem (especially FOSRestBundle, JMSSerializerBundle and sometimes BazingaHateoasBundle for hypermedia APIs).
- Client-side, a SPA built with Google’s AngularJS consuming the REST API provided by the server with Restangular or a similar library.
These components share the same philosophy (built on top of dependency injection and MVC-like patterns, designed to be intensively tested) and play very well together.
This stack allows to create awesome blazing-fast web applications. Better, the client part and the server part of the app are loosely coupled, can evolve separately and can even be maintained by different teams.
However, this kind of apps often suffer of security problems, and especially Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF or XSRF) vulnerabilities.
Both Symfony and AngularJS provide their own CSRF protection mechanisms, but by default they are not interoperable and not enabled. Thanks to a recent refactoring of the Symfony’s security component, it’s now possible and clean to make both systems working together, and I’ve just released an open source bundle to do that: DunglasAngularCsrfBundle.
This bundle provides out of the box CSRF protection for AngularJS apps interacting with a Symfony-backed app.
X-XSRF-TOKEN containing the value of the token set by a cookie on the first HTTP request. The bundle will automatically check the validity of the provided token. If it is not valid, an Access Denied error (HTTP 401) will be thrown.
The bundle is fully tested with phpspec and obtain a platinum medal on the brand new (awesome) SensioLabs Insight quality monitoring system.
Internals documentation and installation instructions are provided on the GitHub page of the bundle. Check it, test it, star it and tell me what you think of it!
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If only I knew about this last month; I had to do it myself, and not nearly as well as this!