Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#30250 closed Bug

Due to iOS Safari 12 issue, SameSite flag on session and CSRF cookies should NOT be Lax by default — at Initial Version

Reported by: Flávio Juvenal Owned by: nobody
Component: Core (Other) Version: 2.1
Severity: Normal Keywords: samesite, csrf, session, cookies
Cc: Maciej Olko Triage Stage: Someday/Maybe
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


There's a iOS Safari 12 issue that prevents common flows (sequences of requests) to work properly if there's SameSite=lax on cookies. This issue was confirmed by Daniel Bates, from Apple and it's still open.

Examples of broken flows:

Since Safari 12 is the current stable version and it's widely deployed on iOS devices, I believe the Django default for CSRF_COOKIE_SAMESITE and SESSION_COOKIE_SAMESITE should be None, not Lax.

Core developers, could you please let me know if you agree with that change, so I can make a PR updating the defaults and the documentation?

I think both CSRF and Session cookies shouldn't have the SameSite flag because I've found many 403 Forbidden issues on both on Safari 12. If more steps to reproduce beyond the links above are necessary, please let me know.

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