Laravel - CSRF Protection - Csrf Explanation

In case you're not familiar with cross-site request forgeries, let's discuss an example of how this vulnerability can be exploited. Imagine your application has a /user/email route that accepts a POST request to change the authenticated user's email address. Most likely, this route expects an email input field to contain the email address the user would like to begin using.

Without CSRF protection, a malicious website could create an HTML form that points to your application's /user/email route and submits the malicious user's own email address:


If the malicious website automatically submits the form when the page is loaded, the malicious user only needs to lure an unsuspecting user of your application to visit their website and their email address will be changed in your application.

To prevent this vulnerability, we need to inspect every incoming POST, PUT, PATCH, or DELETE request for a secret session value that the malicious application is unable to access.