I have a Wordpress site hosted on LightSail (which uses bitnami). The domain is https://example.com On a subdomain https://sub.example.com I have another server running. On this server, I want to embed a page from the main domain https://example.com/a-page. Currently, I am getting errors that permission is denied.

I have updated the htaccess file like so:

Header set X-Frame-Options "ALLOW-FROM https://*.example.com"
Header set Content-Security-Policy "frame-ancestors 'self' https: *.example.com"
Header set Referrer-Policy "strict-origin-when-cross-origin"

But the headers don't seem to updating or allowing any iframe embeds. I'm not very well-versed on HTTP Headers so apologies if this is a rather silly question.


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    We can't do much without knowing the actual site you are trying this on, maybe looking at the header responses using Chrome DevTools may give you a clue. – Deepak Kamat Nov 25 '20 at 17:41
  • It says that x-frame option is still sameorigin even though I have updated the htaccess file – nbz Nov 25 '20 at 17:50
  • Try restarting Apache server, clearing caches etc. Also WordPress has its own interface for HTTP headers, so check this out - developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/wp_headers If setting it through HTACCESS doesn't seem to work simply use meta tags to do the job. – Deepak Kamat Nov 25 '20 at 17:53
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    "use meta tags to do the job" - You can't use HTML meta tags to embed X-Frame-Options or frame-ancestors directives of the Content-Security-Policy (as stated here) since the browser will ignore them. @DeepakKamat – MrWhite Nov 26 '20 at 19:10

I was able to figure out that because Lightsail uses a Bitnami deployment of Wordpress, Bitnami overrides the .htaccess file.

Instead you have to update the /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf file by adding the following content:

<IfModule headers_module>
    <IfVersion >= 2.4.7 >
        Header always setifempty X-Frame-Options ALLOW-FROM https://*.example.com
    <IfVersion < 2.4.7 >
        Header always merge X-Frame-Options ALLOW-FROM https://*example.com

Reference: https://docs.bitnami.com/bch/apps/livehelperchat/configuration/enable-framing/

  • Although the Mozilla Docs states that the ALLOW-FROM directive "is an obsolete directive that no longer works in modern browsers. Don't use it." and suggests to use a Content-Security-Policy HTTP header instead with a frame-ancestors directive (your 2nd example). – MrWhite Nov 26 '20 at 17:11
  • Which is precisely why I have raised it on their forums - community.bitnami.com/t/… – nbz Nov 26 '20 at 17:20

In your case, I think you should use this code in htaccess file to allow Iframe can load with the same origin:

X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

For more information you can view on this URL: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Headers/X-Frame-Options

Hope can help you finsihed this problem.

  • That doesn't work as sameorigin also requires you to have the same server. As I mentioned the subdomain is on a different server. – nbz Nov 26 '20 at 9:51
  • may be you site is cache. You clear all cache browser, cache server and test again. – xuan hung Nguyen Nov 26 '20 at 10:03

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