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CSRF token missing or incorrect

asked 2011-06-09 03:52:14 -0600

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updated 2011-11-10 10:48:26 -0600

Evgeny's avatar

When I try to change the skin for Askbot, I get the following error:

Forbidden (403) 

CSRF verification failed. Request aborted.
Reason given for failure:
    CSRF token missing or incorrect.

This puts me in a catch 22 situation whereby I need to change the skin to fix the error, but without fixing the error I can't change the skin. Can anyone tell me how to get round this?

Edit: I'm using the default skin. I don't know which templates are used in the settings interface. I would prefer a solution that didn't involve editing the default skin templates as those changes would be harder to maintain.

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In the case you've set up your manually, please make sure yours is carefully "spliced" with the one in askbot/setup_templates/ as there are important pieces for the askbot app.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2011-06-10 12:29:32 -0600 )edit

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answered 2011-06-09 12:19:46 -0600

Evgeny's avatar

updated 2011-06-10 12:27:52 -0600

Do your templates have {% csrf_token %} inside each <form>? I'd add them right after the <form> opening tag.

The template tag inserts a hidden field with a token to prevent cross site scripting.

edit maybe you have something missing in the Sorry, somehow I assumed you've customized the skin and lost the csrf_tokens.

You'd need:

  • 'django.core.context_processors.csrf' in TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS
  • CSRF_COOKIE_NAME - some string
  • CSRF_COOKIE_DOMAIN - your domain name - like ''

If CSRF_COOKIE_DOMAIN does not match yours, you'll see that error.

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answered 2011-07-10 23:11:31 -0600

zephyr's avatar

I had this problem as well. I figured out a csrf token missed at file askbot/deps/livesettings/templates/livesettings/group_settings.html.

No sure whether it's a bug. I added a {% csrf_token %} after <form> tag at line 26. Then this issue solved.

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cool, thanks. I've added this change to the repo code, will update on the pypi index this week as well.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2011-07-11 01:17:37 -0600 )edit
Thank your for this wonderful project. I've integrate it into our project and it works very well.
zephyr's avatar zephyr  ( 2011-07-11 16:18:43 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-11-10 09:58:00 -0600

quesada's avatar

This 'CSRF verification failed' is still present in the current default skin (Nov 21st 2011), master branch. It prevents the user to log into the admin console, to change the skin. Is there any other way to change the skin? The one this site uses (default in the packaged version of askbot) does work...

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Hello, the CSRF verification failure is due to an error in the configuration, not a bug in the software. You just need to set the domain name correctly in the CSRF_COOKIE_DOMAIN setting.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2011-11-10 10:47:43 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-11-29 22:42:15 -0600

Roland's avatar

No sure whether it's a bug. I added a {% csrf_token %} after <form> tag at line 26. Then this issue solved. google

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