CORSTest : A Simple CORS Misconfiguration Scanner

CORStest is a quick & dirty Python 2 tool to find Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) misconfigurations. It takes a text file as input which may contain a list of domain names or URLs.

Currently, the following potential vulnerabilities are detected by sending a certain Origin request header and checking for the Access-Control-Allow-Origin response header:

  • Developer backdoor: Insecure dev origins like JSFiddle or CodePen are allowed to access this resource
  • Origin reflection: The origin is simply echoed in ACAO header, any site is allowed to access this resource
  • Null misconfiguration: Any site is allowed to access by forcing the null origin via a sandboxed iframe
  • Pre-domain wildcard: is allowed access, which can simply be registered by an attacker
  • Post-domain wildcard: is allowed access, which can be registered by an attacker
  • Subdomains allowed: allowed access, exploitable if attacker finds XSS in any subdomain
  • Non-ssl sites allowed: A http origin is allowed access to a https resource, allows MitM to break encryption
  • Invalid CORS header: Wrong use of wildcard or multiple origins, not a security problem but should be fixed

Note that these vulnerabilities/misconfigurations are dependend on the context. In most scenarios, they can only be exploited by an attacker if the Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header is present (see -q flag).

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usage: [arguments] infile

positional arguments:
infile File with domain or URL list

optional arguments:
-h, –help show this help message and exit
-c name=value Send cookie with all requests
-p processes multiprocessing (default: 32)
-s always force ssl/tls requests
-q quiet, allow-credentials only
-v produce a more verbose output

CORS For Hackers

Websites enable CORS by sending the following HTTP response header:Access-Control-Allow-Origin:

This permits the listed origin (domain) to make visitors’ web browsers issue cross-domain requests to the server and read the responses – something the Same Origin Policy would normally prevent.

By default this request will be issued without cookies or other credentials, so it can’t be used to steal sensitive user-specific information like CSRF tokens. The server can enable credential transmission using the following header:Access-Control-Allow-Credentials: true

This creates a trust relationship – an XSS vulnerability on is bad news for this site.


Use of CORStest to detect misconfigurations for the Alexa top 750 sites (with Access-Control-Allow-Credentials):


Running this CORStest on the Alexa top 1 million sites reveals the following results:

Note that the absolute numbers are quite low, because only 3% of the 1,000,000 tested websites had CORS enabled on their main page and could be analyzed for misconfigurations. This test took about 14 hours on a decent line (DSL). If you have a fast Internet connection, try to increase the number of parallel processes to -p50 or more.