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Setting up Content-Security-Policy for Atlassian products


I have been looking for the right setting of CSP (Content-Security-Policy). I couldn't find it so I first tried with

Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self';

but then my pages were not rendered correctly aymore.

It seems to be workling now with the following setting:

Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self'; script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval'; style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline';  img-src 'self' data:";

Can anyone confirm this is the expected settings? Can I remove the unsafe-eval from the script?



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I'd love some recommendation for this also. 

I've been testing CSP lately in our test environment (confluence 6.4.3, jira 7.4.0, apache 2.4.18 proxy), and so far it seems the only way to get it working is to define almost all CSP flags (thanks to, it has good description of those).

Here's example from one of our subdomain's virtual host config:

Header set Content-Security-Policy " \
default-src 'self' *; \
script-src 'self' * 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval'; \
style-src 'self' * 'unsafe-inline'; \
img-src 'self' * data:; \
connect-src 'self' *; \
font-src 'self' *; \
object-src 'self' *; \
media-src 'self' *; \
frame-src 'self' *; \
child-src 'self' *; \
form-action 'self' *; \

We are using wildcard subdomain in CSP, this seems to allow our two subdomains (jira and confluence) to talk to each other.

We are still getting some errors from jira and confluence admin pages, because both local server instances are trying to load js file from, which is now blocked by CSP. Whether thats fatal or not is still under investigation. 


Thanks for you answer. I do not have the subdomain issue as I have and ;-)

The JS content retrieved from Atlassian should probably be reported as a bug to Atlassian. Imagine one day they have a technical issue, then your "on-premises" instance can also be affected, or worse, if they get hacked, hackers could then inject anything they want straight into your admin console ;-(

If you do raise a bug, provide me the reference I will vote for it ;-)



Did you managed to write a working CPS header?

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AnnWorley Atlassian Team Nov 14, 2017

@Tero Laihia I got a response from the security team regarding an official recommendation for CSP settings. They let me know that 

we do not have a recommendation for CSP settings for our products and that adding in these headers can cause problems with functionality. While you may find a setting that works for a given product version, future updates may break that policy.

Based on this, it sounds like trial and error is the only way to find out what will work in your environment. If your team uses Content Security Policy headers, it makes it more important than ever to test any upgrades on a test system before upgrading Production applications.

So it is impossible for a confluence server to reach an A grade on

This is beyond the pale.

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Disappointing if this is still the case (still looking for documentation on this). Looks like low hanging fruit for Marketplace Security Bug Bounty Program researchers.

Actually I managed to get A+, but had to leave "unsafe-inline" for styles, as all.js includes some :(

These results may not be possible with some types of apps I guess

Screenshot 2020-10-22 at 09.22.07.png

@Tomasz Kustrzynski Could you share an anonymized version of the CSP that lead to that analysis?

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AnnWorley Atlassian Team Nov 06, 2017

CSPs are usually set at the reverse proxy in front of a webserver. It sounds like you are using Apache? Our doc doesn't have a recommendation for that setting: Proxying Atlassian server applications with Apache HTTP Server (mod_proxy_http)

CSP recommendations for several proxies, including Apache, are in this third party doc I found: Secure your website with Content Security Policy

I am not sure what the unsafe-eval is or which script it is in. Please let me know more about this question, I will be happy to research it.


Thanks for your answer.

I indeed set the headers at the reverse proxy (NGINX in my case).

Obviously the most secure approach is to use only scripts in external files (as it should be harder to create a file, than inject  content in a web page).

The eval method is used to execute the javaScript that is in a String. It is sometimes used to "parse" a JSON String to a JavaScript object. The issue is that if the reply contains actual JavaScript, it will be executed.

So if you want to reduce risk of JavaScript based attacks, it is safer to have all your javaScript in static files.

Best regards


AnnWorley Atlassian Team Nov 07, 2017

I am asking our security team about this, but most of them are in a different time zone, so it's slow going.

In the meantime, are the links in Branden's answer to the following question of help? Setting up Content Security Policy in JIRA

Thanks Ann, I have setup the Content Security Policy. it is mostly working, but I would like to know if it can be tighten.

Have a great (sunny) day in AU ;-)

Regards from cold Belgium ;-)

AnnWorley Atlassian Team Nov 07, 2017

Please let me know as specifically as possible what I should ask our security team to help you tighten it. That will help us get a better answer.

I am in Austin, TX! The security folks are in Sydney.

I would be happy to lend you some of our sunny weather. :)

Those links in Branden's answers refer to obsolete X-Frame-Options, CSP's are replacing them. And X-Frame-Options dont support wildcard domains on rules.

So any "official" guide to CSPs would be nice to have.

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