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BRICKMAKERS ASP.Net Security Headers

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A small package for ASP.Net (Core) to automatically configure secure HTTP-Headers.

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IMPORTANT CHANGES in version 2.1.0

In 2.1.0, support for strict site isolation has been added and enabled. Check the release notes for more details.


  • Secure defaults for HTTP-Headers, CSP, Cookies and more
  • Opt-Out mechanism for different security controls
  • Easily configurable via IApplicationBuilder.UseBmSecurityHeaders() extension
    • Or use IApplicationBuilder.UseBmApiSecurityHeaders() for API-Projects
  • Developed and Maintained by the BRICKMAKERS Security Advisory Team
  • Easy integration in any project and build pipelines
  • Provides additional generator package to create config files with security headers for:
    • IIS web.config files


This package is available on, you can simply add it to your C#-Project like any other dependency.



For the standard features of the Security Headers you only need to install Brickmakers.AspSecurityHeaders.

To get started, all you have to to is to register the middleware in the Configure method. This should happen at the beginning of the method to ensure the headers are added to all responses, as different middlewares might end processing early, which would prevent the headers from being set:

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app)
    // ! Should be the first step in the Configure method

    // For "normal" Websites or combinations of Websites and APIs

    // For pure APIs

    // continue as usual with configuring the application
    // ...

This will add all security headers, as well as a strict CSP and cookie policy. To further configure it and opt out of certain security controls, you can use the configure parameter of the method. In the following example, scripts, styles and images are allowed to be loaded from the current origin and the minimum cookie same site requirements are reduced to be lax instead of strict.

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app)
    app.UseBmSecurityHeaders(collection => collection  // Or .UseBmApiSecurityHeaders for APIs
        .AddBmContentSecurityPolicy(builder =>

    // ...
Using the Built-In CSP Report Controller

The library includes a ready-made API-Controller to automatically report CSP-Violations. It will provide an endpoint to be used by the browser to report CSP errors and log them as error message. If you want to use the controller, there are a few steps that need to be taken.

First, you have to add the controller to your controllers by extending the CspReportControllerBase:

public class CspReportController : CspReportControllerBase
    protected override Task HandleCspReport(CspReport cspReport)
        // Implement logging or other handling here
        return Task.CompletedTask;

Next, you have to add the controller to the MVC instance inside of the ConfigureServices method. Typically, the AddMvc method is used, but you can also use any other of the MVC initializers, like for example AddControllers in case of a pure API. In addition to registering controllers, you also need to add the CSP-Report content type. You can simply use the AddCspMediaType method for that:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
        // works on .AddRazorPages() and .AddControllers() as well

In the case that this is the first controller you add to your project, you also need to ensure that controllers are correctly mapped to endpoints. You can do so via the UseEndpoints method at the end of Configure:

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IWebHostEnvironment env)
    // do your normal setup
    // ...

    // at the end, UseEndpoints should already exist
    app.UseEndpoints(endpoints =>
        // this one must be present
        // other mappings, e.g. MapRazorPages, depends on your application
        // ...

Finally, you need to actually set the report URI in the CSP. This can be done by adding it inside the CSP builder of the UseBmSecurityHeaders by adding AddReportUri to the CSP. There you should set the path to the previously defined CSP controller. In this example, the controller path was defined as CspReport.

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app)
    app.UseBmSecurityHeaders(collection => collection  // Or .UseBmApiSecurityHeaders for APIs
        .AddBmContentSecurityPolicy(builder =>
            // setup your CSP
            // ...

    // ...

In case you also have additional projects that should also report to this controller, or in case you separate API and web project, the controller will always be accessible via https://<host>/CspReport. You can use it as any other CSP reporting endpoint.


To use the generators, you have to install the Brickmakers.AspSecurityHeaders.Generators package. The you can use the various writers to generate your configuration.

IIS web.config

To generate a web.config file with security headers, you can use the IISWebConfigWriter class:

await IISWebConfigWriter.Create() // or .CreateApi()
    .SetBmSecurityHeadersConfig(config => config
        .AddBmContentSecurityPolicy(builder =>

With the SetBmSecurityHeadersConfig, you can configure your security headers in exactly the same way as with the standard security headers package. In addition to that, there are also some extra configuration options that are only available with web.config files. These are:

  • XML Writer configuration for controlling how the generated XML is formatted
  • Advanced removal of server identifying headers
  • Enforce HTTPS
  • Flags to control if the generated headers should be for HTTP / TLS

Attributions & Background

This project is heavily based on NetEscapades.AspNetCore.SecurityHeaders, thanks to everyone involved on that project.

The reason this package exists is because it enforces even stricter defaults than the original package and adds additional features. It has not been integrated into the original security headers, as some of these feature would be breaking changes and too strict for some users.

However, we at BRICKMAKERS prefer to use tight secure defaults, which is why we created this package. It will always set everything to no by default and may add new, even more restricting headers in the future.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
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.NET Core netcoreapp3.1 is compatible. 
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# Changelog

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## [2.1.0] - 2022-12-XX
### Added
- Enabled strict site isolation by enabling the COEP, COOP and CORP headers
 - Read for mor details, on why they are needed and what they do
 - Should you encounter problems, you can use overwrite their usage to only report errors via the `AddCrossOriginXXXPolicy` methods
- The `X-Powered-By` header now gets automatically removed as well

## [2.0.0] - 2022-03-22

This release contains breaking changes. See README for more details.

### Added

- New `CspReportControllerBase` controller base class that can be extended
   - Replaces the old, built-in CSP controller, as the automatic registration was problematic
   - Example on how to use it
- `AddCspMediaType`-Method to add the CSP media type to an `IMvcBuilder`

### Removed

- Built-In CSP-Controller, as the automatic registration was problematic
   - You can use the `CspReportControllerBase` instead, see README

## [1.3.1] - 2022-02-03

### Added

- Added XML-Documentation of all public members
- Added symbols packages

## [1.3.0] - 2022-02-02

### Added

- Created the new `Brickmakers.AspSecurityHeaders.Generators` package
   - Can generate an IIS `web.config` from the security headers config

## [1.2.2] - 2022-01-26

### Added

- Added package icon

## [1.2.1] - 2022-01-26

### Changed

- First public release on GitHub and

## [1.2.0] - 2021-12-21

### Added

- `CspReportController`: Easily report CSP violations via the built-in controller
- Integration Tests
- Support for .Net 6

## [1.1.0] - 2021-10-21

### Added

- `UseBmApiSecurityHeaders`: Add Configuration method for pure APIs

## [1.0.2] - 2021-10-12

### Security

- Disable HSTS preload by default

## [1.0.1] - 2021-10-11

### Added

- Initial Release

## [Unreleased] - 20XX-XX-XX

### Added

### Changed

### Deprecated

### Removed

### Fixed

### Security