CSP: base-uri

The HTTP Content-Security-Policy base-uri directive restricts the URLs which can be used in a document's <base> element. If this value is absent, then any URI is allowed. If this directive is absent, the user agent will use the value in the <base> element.

CSP version 2
Directive type Document directive
default-src fallback No. Not setting this allows any URL.


One or more sources can be allowed for the base-uri policy:

Content-Security-Policy: base-uri <source>;
Content-Security-Policy: base-uri <source> <source>;


This directive uses most of the same source values for arguments as other CSP directives: CSP Source Values.

Note however that some of the values don't make sense for base-uri, such as the keywords 'unsafe-inline' and 'strict-dynamic'.


Meta tag configuration

<meta http-equiv="Content-Security-Policy" content="base-uri 'self'" />

Apache configuration

<IfModule mod_headers.c>
Header set Content-Security-Policy "base-uri 'self'";

Nginx configuration

add_header Content-Security-Policy "base-uri 'self';"

Violation case

Since your domain isn't example.com, a <base> element with its href set to https://example.com will result in a CSP violation.

<meta http-equiv="Content-Security-Policy" content="base-uri 'self'" />
<base href="https://example.com/" />

// Error: Refused to set the document's base URI to 'https://example.com/'
// because it violates the following Content Security Policy
// directive: "base-uri 'self'"


Content Security Policy Level 3
# directive-base-uri

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See also