[whatwg] <meta name="referrer">

Adam Barth w3c at adambarth.com
Tue Oct 25 20:46:17 PDT 2011

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:41 PM, Glenn Maynard <glenn at zewt.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:16 PM, Adam Barth <w3c at adambarth.com> wrote:
>> > Are implementors really willing to implement a feature that allows
>> > disabling
>> > referrers for non-links, though?  I'm pretty sure rel=noreferrer's
>> > links-only limitation is by design.
>> I'm an implementor, and I'm interested in implementing this feature.  :)
> It would fully break the basic use cases of Referer--being able to tell what
> server is inlining resources on your server and causing it to be hammered,
> and being able to do something about it.  "rel=originreferer" mode doesn't
> have that problem, though.

It's a matter of weighing the privacy and security benefits against
the costs to that use case.  If you're interested in that use case,
you might be interested in Anne's From-Origin proposal, which
addresses it head-on.

(BTW, I don't agree that use case is "the" basic use case for Referer,
but that's a matter of opinion.)

> By the way, does this need to consider CORS and the Origin header for <img
> cross-origin>?  I'm not fresh on how that works.

Nope.  The two do not interact.


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