Missing X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff


The X-Content-Type-Options header with the value nosniff ensures that user agents do not attempt to guess the format of the data being received. User Agents such as browsers, commonly attempt to guess what the resource type being requested is, through a process called MIME type sniffing.

Without this header being sent, the browser may misinterpret the data, leading to MIME confusion attacks. If an attacker were able to upload files that are accessible by using a browser, they could upload files that could be interpreted as HTML and execute Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks.


We recommend that the header and value of X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff be set server wide. This ensures any resources that are mistakenly missing a Content-Type value are not misinterpreted.


ID Aggregated CWE Type Risk
693.1 true 693 Passive Low