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Validating Webhook signatures

In this guide, we will show how to validate that a message your webhook has received was sent by Port.

Signature verification security benefitsโ€‹

When exposing an HTTP server on the internet, anyone with the URL can send a web request to it.

Unwanted triggers of your webhook could have adverse effects such as:

  • Excessive usage costs due to a high volume of unnecessary triggers;
  • Executing an action that gives an attacker access to your environment, or that changes your infrastructure or causes downtime;
  • And more.

Verifying the webhook request using the request headers provides the following benefits:

  • Ensures that the request payload has not been tampered with
  • Ensures that the sender of the message is Port
  • Ensures that the received message is not a replay of an older message

Custom headersโ€‹

Each webhook request includes the following custom headers provided by Port:

Signature structureโ€‹

The webhook signature takes the timestamp the message was generated in and the request payload and concatenates them using a dot (.):

const signatureContent = `${timestamp}.${payload}`;

Port takes the content that needs to be signed, hashes it using HMAC-SHA-256 and then encodes it in Base64. Then Port takes the output and adds the version as a prefix with a comma (,) for example the x-port-signature header should look like this: v1,2ehMaSsW+OTSDFERA/SmIKSSySlE3uaJELVlNIOLJ1OE=

Timestamp verificationโ€‹

As mentioned above, Port also sends the timestamp for the webhook request in the x-port-timestamp header. To prevent replay attacks you can compare the value of the timestamp with the timestamp of your systems and verify that the difference is within your allowed tolerance.

Code examplesโ€‹

Here are some examples showing how to verify a webhook request signature using the request headers:

import base64
import hashlib
import hmac
import json

body = await request.body()
port_signature = request.headers.get('x-port-signature')
port_timestamp = request.headers.get('x-port-timestamp')

data = body if isinstance(body, str) else body.decode()

to_sign = f"{port_timestamp}.{data}".encode()
signature =, to_sign, hashlib.sha256).digest()
expected_sig = base64.b64encode(signature).decode()

if expected_sig != port_signature.split(",")[1]:
raise Exception('Invalid signature')