CSRF Protection

The Preside platform comes with built-in CSRF protection for the admin application and provides APIs for making use of CSRF protection for your front end applications.

For more information on the CSRF attacks and how to prevent them, visit https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Cross-Site_Request_Forgery_(CSRF).

Built in admin protection

The system automatically adds CSRF tokens into action URLs and validates them on request when the admin coldbox action name ends with 'action'. For this to work, you must use event.buildAdminLink(...) to build your URL. For instance:

<form action="#event.buildAdminLink( linkto='dashboard.savePreferencesAction' )#">
<!-- ... -->


You should always use event.buildLink() or event.buildAdminLink() to build your URLs!

Configuring built-in admin protection

As of Preside 10.9.0, it is possible to either turn off admin CSRF protection entirely, or configure the CSRF token timeout. Both are configured in your application's Config.cfc file:

// turn off the feature altogether
settings.features.adminCsrfProtection.enabled = false;

// or, configure a different timeout
settings.csrf.tokenExpiryInSeconds = 60 * 60; // 1 hour expiry (default 20m)

Using APIs for custom CSRF protection in your frontend applications

You can use event.getCsrfToken() and event.validateCsrfToken() to get and validate tokens in your requests. For example, you may have a custom frontend form that looks like this:

<form action="#saveDetailsAction#" method="post">
	<input type="hidden" name="csrfToken" value="#event.getCsrfToken()#">
	<!-- ... -->

Then, in your "saveDetailsAction" handler:

function saveDetails( event, rc, prc ) {
	var requestData = event.getCollectionWithoutSystemVars();

	if ( !event.validateCsrfToken() ) {
		requestData.errorMessage = translateResource( "myapp:invalid.csrf.token.error" );
		setNextEvent( url=editDetailsUrl, persistStruct=requestData );