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HTTP headers | Upgrade-Insecure-Requests

  • Last Updated : 07 Nov, 2019

The HTTP header Upgrade-Insecure-Requests is a request type header. It sends a signal to the server expressing the client’s preference for an encrypted and authenticated response, and it can successfully handle the upgrade-insecure-requests HTTP headers Content-Security-Policy directive.

Syntax:

Upgrade-Insecure-Requests: 1

Directives: The HTTP Upgrade-Insecure-Requests header does not accepts any directives. It acts as directives with some headers, like Content-Security-Policy for the handling of CSP. With Vary header, it works as a directive containing the value of 1.

Example:

  • A client request signals to the server that supports the upgrade mechanisms of upgrade-insecure-requests:
    GET / HTTP/1.0
    Host: geeksforgeeks.org
    Upgrade-Insecure-Requests: 1
  • The server can now redirect to a secure version of the site. An HTTP header Vary can be used so that the site isn’t served by caches to clients that don’t support the upgrade mechanism:
    Location: https://www.geeksforgeeks.org
    Vary: Upgrade-Insecure-Requests

To check this Upgrade-Insecure-Requests in action, go to Inspect Element -> Network check the request header forUpgrade-Insecure-Requests like below, Upgrade-Insecure-Requests is highlighted you can see.

Supported Browsers: The browsers are compatible with HTTP Upgrade-Insecure-Requests header are listed below:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari
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