Django security releases issued: 2.2.3, 2.1.10 and 1.11.22

Posted by Mariusz Felisiak on July 1, 2019

In accordance with our security release policy, the Django team is issuing Django 1.11.22, Django 2.1.10, and Django 2.2.3. These releases addresses the security issues detailed below. We encourage all users of Django to upgrade as soon as possible.

Thanks Gavin Wahl for reporting this issue.

CVE-2019-12781: Incorrect HTTP detection with reverse-proxy connecting via HTTPS

When deployed behind a reverse-proxy connecting to Django via HTTPS, django.http.HttpRequest.scheme would incorrectly detect client requests made via HTTP as using HTTPS. This entails incorrect results for is_secure(), and build_absolute_uri(), and that HTTP requests would not be redirected to HTTPS in accordance with SECURE_SSL_REDIRECT.

HttpRequest.scheme now respects SECURE_PROXY_SSL_HEADER, if it is configured, and the appropriate header is set on the request, for both HTTP and HTTPS requests.

If you deploy Django behind a reverse-proxy that forwards HTTP requests, and that connects to Django via HTTPS, be sure to verify that your application correctly handles code paths relying on scheme, is_secure(), build_absolute_uri(), and SECURE_SSL_REDIRECT.

Affected supported versions

  • Django master development branch
  • Django 2.2 before version 2.2.3
  • Django 2.1 before version 2.1.10
  • Django 1.11 before version 1.11.22


Patches to resolve the issue have been applied to Django's master branch and the 2.2, 2.1, and 1.11 release branches. The patches may be obtained from the following changesets:

The following releases have been issued:

The PGP key ID used for this release is Mariusz Felisiak: 2EF56372BA48CD1B.

General notes regarding security reporting

As always, we ask that potential security issues be reported via private email to, and not via Django's Trac instance, Django's GitHub repositories, or the django-developers list. Please see our security policies for further information.

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