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How does Stack Overflow's markdown protect against CSRF attacks? For example, an image generated by markdown like:

![alt text][1]
  [1]: http://stackoverflow.com/users/logout

does not log the user off when viewed

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@Tomek - any chance of fixing the english in this question (to the same standard as your previous question: stackoverflow.com/questions/2872588/…), it's hard to understand what you're asking. –  The Anti-Santa Jul 13 '10 at 17:28
I'm fairly sure this does belong here, and not on meta. It uses SO as an example, but it's really a generic "how do you allow markdown securely" question –  Michael Mrozek Jul 13 '10 at 17:32

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Have you tried following the link? Brings you to a page where you have to click buttons (which generates POST requests) to actually log out.

You cannot generate POST requests from <img /> tags. Which makes the WMD editor safe.

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So what to do to prevent csrf in case of GET requests in markdown? –  Tomek Jul 13 '10 at 17:33
@Tomek If you're allowing GET requests to change state you're doing it wrong; they should be POST requests –  Michael Mrozek Jul 13 '10 at 17:37
Thank you for your reply.. sorry for my english :) –  Tomek Jul 13 '10 at 17:56
Also, this isn't a Cross Site Request Forgery –  perbert Jul 15 '10 at 1:35

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