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[EP-tech] Question about CORS

Hey Chris,

sorry, quick replies:

- EPrints' own documentation states that one can modify objects via /id/
('CRUD') - see

- you could always protect from POST, PUT, DELETE at the webserver level if
you had to

- your third party can route their JS calls via their own local (cgi-like)
script that could do the http requests to EPrints' /id/ endpoint
behind-the-scenes, bypassing CORS altogether (assuming that these guys
don't rely on cookies being passed through - i don't know the exact details
of their project so ignore if not relevant)

- to me, "security first" is more like how the rest of the site should be
protected against XSS - not disabling useful endpoints  which are there for
the exact purpose you're describing here :-)


PS: i'm a little (lot) rusty too :-)

On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 2:58 PM, Christopher Gutteridge <cjg at ecs.soton.ac.uk
> wrote:

> Hi, a bit odd me asking a question but I'm a bit rusty.
> We've a request from a (non malicious) third party to allow CORS so they
> can have javascript that accesses /id/ and /cgi/export/ to do clever
> things.
> If there's any way to alter the system via these URLs it's a
> cross-site-scripting no-no, and from reviewing the code I *think* that
> those URLs are always read-only.
> I thought the REST interface was at /rest/ but it looks like there's
> another one implemented on /id/
> https://github.com/eprints/eprints/blob/3.3/perl_lib/
> EPrints/Apache/REST.pm
> -- uses /rest/
> https://github.com/eprints/eprints/blob/3.3/perl_lib/
> EPrints/Apache/CRUD.pm
> -- uses /id/
> I suspect that means that it *is* too dangerous to allow cross site JS
> to connect to /id/ which is a pity, but security first, right?
> --
> Christopher Gutteridge -- http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/cjg
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