Forbidden header name
A forbidden header name is the name of any HTTP header that cannot be modified programmatically; specifically, an HTTP request header name (in contrast with a Forbidden response header name).
Modifying such headers is forbidden because the user agent retains full control over them. Names starting with
Sec- are reserved for creating new headers safe from APIs using the fetch algorithm that grant developers control over headers, such as
Forbidden header names start with
Sec-, or are one of the following names:
User-Agent header is no longer forbidden, as per spec — see forbidden header name list (this was implemented in Firefox 43) — it can now be set in a Fetch Headers object, or with the setRequestHeader() method of
XMLHttpRequest. However, Chrome will silently drop the header from Fetch requests (see Chromium bug 571722).
Forbidden response header name (Glossary)