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I am working on allowing a chrome extension to post a new entry to my site via post data.
I want to be able to lock it down so only the chrome extension can post. If I get post data from anywhere else I want to reject it.
Does anyone know if/how this is possible or how you would go about doing it?
There are some things that you can do to deter abuse and mitigate this problem such as:
- Requiring user authentication (and rate-limiting usage per-user)
- Rate-limiting access on the basis of IP addresses
- Requiring tokens to be provided that are handed out in prior requests (this can be used to ensure that certain APIs are called in certain expected orders / patterns).
- Showing a CAPTCHA or other challenge for anomolous or over-limit usage
While you can additionally check things such as user agent, referrer URL, or a token that you embed in the Chrome extension, with any distributed application, it is easy to reverse-engineer these and mimick them in a counterfeit app, and so these aren’t true solutions.