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CSP bug reproduction

If you’re on this page, chances are you followed a link from a Content-Security-Policy (CSP)-related bug report. This page should help diagnose the offending part of the CSP.

I made this page because I noticed my site breaking browser software, and wanted to fix said software.

What this page demonstrates

This is a test page that demonstrates the following Content-Security-Policy (CSP):

default-src 'none' 'report-sample';img-src 'self';style-src 'sha256-7cS8Hu9ov7dRhfioeeb9J8mtB9/iLLpVIZsMM+BJUcs=' 'report-sample';frame-ancestors 'none';base-uri 'none';form-action;manifest-src 'self';media-src 'self';sandbox allow-same-origin allow-scripts allow-forms;report-uri;connect-src

Here’s a multi-line version, to reduce horizontal scrolling:

default-src 'none' 'report-sample';
img-src 'self';
style-src 'sha256-HASH' 'report-sample';
frame-ancestors 'none';
base-uri 'none';
manifest-src 'self';
media-src 'self';
sandbox allow-same-origin allow-scripts allow-forms;

How to use this page

All pages on my site contain a strict CSP. Most pages on my site have a CSP containing a sandbox directive that does not specify the allow-scripts parameter. Here’s the CSP for most of my other pages, such as my homepage:

default-src 'none';
img-src 'self';
style-src 'sha256-HASH';
frame-ancestors 'none';
base-uri 'none';
manifest-src 'self';
sandbox allow-same-origin allow-forms

This page has a CSP that differs in four ways:

  • It includes a reporting endpoint
  • It specifies an allow-scripts parameter on its sandbox directive
  • It allows loading media (necessary for the <audio> demonstration near the end)
  • It removes upgrade-insecure-requests.note 1

Additionally, I have a 404 page that includes a blank sandbox directive (i.e., it has no parameters such as allow-same-origin).

Some browser software breaks upon encountering strict CSPs. It’s difficult to pinpoint whether the offending CSP directive is a fetch directive (default-src, script-src, style-src, etc.), or if it’s the sandbox directive without allow-scripts.

Try reproducing the bug on the following pages:

  1. This page, but without a sandbox CSP directive
  2. This page’s canonical location.
  3. My homepage
  4. This page, but with an empty sandbox directive

Note the following:

  • If you can reproduce the bug on all four pages: the offending directives include a fetch directive.

  • If you can reproduce the bug on all pages except the third or fourth: the offending directive is probably a sandbox directive’s allow-scripts or allow-same-origin parameter, respectively.

  • If you can reproduce the bug on the second page but cannot reproduce the bug on the first page, a different missing sandbox parameter is probably the culprit.

  • If you can only reproduce the bug on my 404 page: the offending directive is sandbox without allow-same-origin.

Other places to test

Here are some more sites with very strict CSPs containing sandbox directives:

If you feel the need to regularly test a specific CSP, I recommend using netcat. In a UNIX-like environment, save this to an executable file and run it:


set -e -u

while true; do echo "\
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: text/html;charset=UTF-8
Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'none'; frame-ancestors 'none'; base-uri 'none'; form-action 'none'; upgrade-insecure-requests; sandbox

<!DOCTYPE html>
" | nc -l 8000; done

You’ll get a plain page with the specified CSP on port 8000. Edit as you see fit.

Sample elements

The following sections contain demos to see what breaks under a restrictive CSP.

An audio element

I’m adding an <audio> element to demonstrate how a sandbox directive breaks WebKit’s media controls. See WebKit bug 237281 for more information.

Eloquence sample audio

Download audio file eloquence.mp3

Just a random audio sample I had lying around. It’s a recording of the “Eloquence” speech synthesizer reading text from another page on this site. It has a Cross-Origin Resource Policy of same-origin.

Toggle audio transcript
Audio transcript
My primary focus is inclusive design. Specifically, I focus on supporting underrepresented ways to read a page. Not all users load a page in a common web-browser and navigate effortlessly with their eyes and hands. Authors often neglect people who read through accessibility tools, tiny viewports, machine translators, “reading mode” implementations, the Tor network, printouts, hostile networks, and uncommon browsers, to name a few. I list more niches in the conclusion. Compatibility with so many niches sounds far more daunting than it really is: if you only selectively override browser defaults and use plain-old, semantic HTML (POSH), you’ve done half of the work already.

Bugs filed

Let me know if this page helped you discover any new bugs! Here are some bugs that my site has already uncovered:

Bugs I have yet to file:

  • Several mobile browsers failing to initialize Reader Mode
  • Firefox for iOS failing to perform find-in-page.


  1. I removed upgrade-insecure-requests so that my Tor onion service could have the same CSP as this page. The onion service does not support TLS: TLS on onion services is redundant, and no certificate authority offers free .onion certificates.