CORS: Cannot use wildcard in Access-Control-Allow-Origin when credentials flag is true


I have a setup involving

Frontend server (Node.js, domain: localhost:3000) <---> Backend (Django, Ajax, domain: localhost:8000)

Browser <-- webapp <-- Node.js (Serve the app)

Browser (webapp) --> Ajax --> Django(Serve ajax POST requests)

Now, my problem here is with CORS setup which the webapp uses to make Ajax calls to the backend server. In chrome, I keep getting

Cannot use wildcard in Access-Control-Allow-Origin when credentials flag is true.

doesn't work on firefox either.

My Node.js setup is:

var allowCrossDomain = function(req, res, next) {
    res.header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin', 'http://localhost:8000/');
    res.header('Access-Control-Allow-Credentials', true);
    res.header('Access-Control-Allow-Methods', 'GET,PUT,POST,DELETE');
    res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "Origin, X-Requested-With, Content-Type, Accept");

And in Django I'm using this middleware along with this

The webapp makes requests as such:

    type: "POST",
    url: 'http://localhost:8000/blah',
    data: {},
    xhrFields: {
        withCredentials: true
    crossDomain: true,
    dataType: 'json',
    success: successHandler

So, the request headers that the webapp sends looks like:

Access-Control-Allow-Credentials: true
Access-Control-Allow-Headers: "Origin, X-Requested-With, Content-Type, Accept"
Access-Control-Allow-Methods: 'GET,PUT,POST,DELETE'
Content-Type: application/json 
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate,sdch
Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.8
Cookie: csrftoken=***; sessionid="***"

And here's the response header:

Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Content-Type,*
Access-Control-Allow-Credentials: true
Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
Access-Control-Allow-Methods: POST,GET,OPTIONS,PUT,DELETE
Content-Type: application/json

Where am I going wrong?!

Edit 1: I've been using chrome --disable-web-security, but now want things to actually work.

Edit 2: Answer:

So, solution for me django-cors-headers config:

    'http://localhost:3000' # Here was the problem indeed and it has to be http://localhost:3000, not http://localhost:3000/
Problem courtesy of: ixaxaar


This is a part of security, you cannot do that. If you want to allow credentials then your Access-Control-Allow-Origin must not use *. You will have to specify the exact protocol + domain + port. For reference see these questions :

  1. Access-Control-Allow-Origin wildcard subdomains, ports and protocols
  2. Cross Origin Resource Sharing with Credentials

Besides * is too permissive and would defeat use of credentials. So set http://localhost:3000 or http://localhost:8000 as the allow origin header.

Solution courtesy of: user568109


If you are using express you can use the cors package to allow CORS like so instead of writing your middleware;

var express = require('express')
, cors = require('cors')
, app = express();


Discussion courtesy of: Bulkan

This recipe can be found in it's original form on Stack Over Flow.