Principles of the Same-Origin Policy    Many user agents undertake actions on behalf of remote parties.  For    example, HTTP user agents follow redirects, which are instructions    from remote servers, and HTML user agents expose rich Document Object    Model (DOM) interfaces to scripts retrieved from remote servers.     Without any security model, user agents might undertake actions    detrimental to the user or to other parties.  Over time, many web-    related technologies have converged towards a common security model,                           known colloquially as the "same-origin policy".  Although this    security model evolved largely organically, the same-origin policy    can be understood in terms of a handful of key concepts.  This    section presents those concepts and provides advice about how to use    these concepts securely.  3.1.  Trust    The same-origin policy specifies trust by URI.  For example, HTML    documents designate which script to run with a URI:     <script src=""></script>     When a user agent processes this element, the user agent will fetch    the script at the designated URI and execute the script with the    privileges of the document.  In this way, the document grants all the    privileges it has to the resource designated by the URI.  In essence,    the document declares that it trusts the integrity of information    retrieved from that URI.     In addition to importing libraries from URIs, user agents also send    information to remote parties designated by URI.  For example,    consider the HTML form element:     <form method="POST" action="">     ... <input type="password"> ...    </form>     When the user enters his or her password and submits the form, the    user agent sends the password to the network endpoint designated by    the URI.  In this way, the document exports its secret data to that    URI, in essence declaring that it trusts the confidentiality of    information sent to that URI.

Pitfalls    When designing new protocols that use the same-origin policy, make    sure that important trust distinctions are visible in URIs.  For    example, if both Transport Layer Security (TLS) and non-TLS protected    resources use the "http" URI scheme (as in [RFC2817]), a document    would be unable to specify that it wishes to retrieve a script only    over TLS.  By using the "https" URI scheme, documents are able to    indicate that they wish to interact with resources that are protected    from active network attackers.

Origin    In principle, user agents could treat every URI as a separate    protection domain and require explicit consent for content retrieved    from one URI to interact with another URI.  Unfortunately, this    design is cumbersome for developers because web applications often    consist of a number of resources acting in concert.     Instead, user agents group URIs together into protection domains    called "origins".  Roughly speaking, two URIs are part of the same    origin (i.e., represent the same principal) if they have the same    scheme, host, and port.  (See Section 4 for full details.)     Q: Why not just use the host?     A: Including the scheme in the origin tuple is essential for    security.  If user agents did not include the scheme, there would be    no isolation between and    because the two have the same host.  However, without this isolation,    an active network attacker could corrupt content retrieved from and have that content instruct the user agent to    compromise the confidentiality and integrity of content retrieved    from, bypassing the protections afforded by TLS    [RFC5246].     Q: Why use the fully qualified host name instead of just the "top-    level" domain?     A: Although the DNS has hierarchical delegation, the trust    relationships between host names vary by deployment.  For example, at    many educational institutions, students can host content at, but that does not mean a document    authored by a student should be part of the same origin (i.e.,    inhabit the same protection domain) as a web application for managing    grades hosted at     The deployment illustrates that grouping resources by    origin does not always align perfectly with every deployment    scenario.  In this deployment, every student's web site inhabits the    same origin, which might not be desirable.  In some sense, the origin    granularity is a historical artifact of how the security model    evolved.

3.2.1.  Examples    All of the following resources have the same origin:     Each of the URIs has the same scheme, host, and port components.     Each of the following resources has a different origin from the    others.    In each case, at least one of the scheme, host, and port component    will differ from the others in the list.

Authority    Although user agents group URIs into origins, not every resource in    an origin carries the same authority (in the security sense of the    word "authority", not in the [RFC3986] sense).  For example, an image    is passive content and, therefore, carries no authority, meaning the    image has no access to the objects and resources available to its    origin.  By contrast, an HTML document carries the full authority of    its origin, and scripts within (or imported into) the document can    access every resource in its origin.     User agents determine how much authority to grant a resource by    examining its media type.  For example, resources with a media type    of image/png are treated as images, and resources with a media type    of text/html are treated as HTML documents.     When hosting untrusted content (such as user-generated content), web    applications can limit that content's authority by restricting its    media type.  For example, serving user-generated content as image/png    is less risky than serving user-generated content as text/html.  Of    course, many web applications incorporate untrusted content in their    HTML documents.  If not done carefully, these applications risk    leaking their origin's authority to the untrusted content, a    vulnerability commonly known as cross-site scripting.

Pitfalls    When designing new pieces of the web platform, be careful not to    grant authority to resources irrespective of media type.  Many web    applications serve untrusted content with restricted media types.  A    new web platform feature that grants authority to these pieces of    content risks introducing vulnerabilities into existing applications.    Instead, prefer to grant authority to media types that already    possess the origin's full authority or to new media types designed    specifically to carry the new authority.     In order to remain compatible with servers that supply incorrect    media types, some user agents employ "content sniffing" and treat    content as if it had a different media type than the media type    supplied by the server.  If not done carefully, content sniffing can    lead to security vulnerabilities because user agents might grant low-    authority media types, such as images, the privileges of high-    authority media types, such as HTML documents [SNIFF].  3.4.  Policy    Generally speaking, user agents isolate different origins and permit    controlled communication between origins.  The details of how user    agents provide isolation and communication vary depending on several    factors.  3.4.1.  Object Access    Most objects (also known as application programming interfaces or    APIs) exposed by the user agent are available only to the same    origin.  Specifically, content retrieved from one URI can access    objects associated with content retrieved from another URI if, and    only if, the two URIs belong to the same origin, e.g., have the same    scheme, host, and port.     There are some exceptions to this general rule.  For example, some    parts of HTML's Location interface are available across origins    (e.g., to allow for navigating other browsing contexts).  As another    example, HTML's postMessage interface is visible across origins    explicitly to facilitate cross-origin communication.  Exposing    objects to foreign origins is dangerous and should be done only with    great care because doing so exposes these objects to potential    attackers.

Network Access    Access to network resources varies depending on whether the resources    are in the same origin as the content attempting to access them.     Generally, reading information from another origin is forbidden.    However, an origin is permitted to use some kinds of resources    retrieved from other origins.  For example, an origin is permitted to    execute script, render images, and apply style sheets from any    origin.  Likewise, an origin can display content from another origin,    such as an HTML document in an HTML frame.  Network resources can    also opt into letting other origins read their information, for    example, using Cross-Origin Resource Sharing [CORS].  In these cases,    access is typically granted on a per-origin basis.     Sending information to another origin is permitted.  However, sending    information over the network in arbitrary formats is dangerous.  For    this reason, user agents restrict documents to sending information    using particular protocols, such as in an HTTP request without custom    headers.  Expanding the set of allowed protocols, for example, by    adding support for WebSockets, must be done carefully to avoid    introducing vulnerabilities [RFC6455].  3.4.3.  Pitfalls    Whenever user agents allow one origin to interact with resources from    another origin, they invite security issues.  For example, the    ability to display images from another origin leaks their height and    width.  Similarly, the ability to send network requests to another    origin gives rise to cross-site request forgery vulnerabilities    [CSRF].  However, user agent implementors often balance these risks    against the benefits of allowing the cross-origin interaction.  For    example, an HTML user agent that blocked cross-origin network    requests would prevent its users from following hyperlinks, a core    feature of the web.     When adding new functionality to the web platform, it can be tempting    to grant a privilege to one resource but to withhold that privilege    from another resource in the same origin.  However, withholding    privileges in this way is ineffective because the resource without    the privilege can usually obtain the privilege anyway because user    agents do not isolate resources within an origin.  Instead,    privileges should be granted or withheld from origins as a whole    (rather than discriminating between individual resources within an    origin) [BOFGO].