Microsoft Edge requesting new page on back/forward button

Issue #15508003 • Assigned to Ali A.


Chris D.
Jan 18, 2018
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The latest version of the Microsoft Edge browser (41.16299.15.0) requests a new page when the back and forward buttons are clicked. I’ve tested multiple browsers on multiple platforms and only Edge exhibits this behavior.

Here’s a test page that displays the timestamp the page was created. Click the “Next Page” link and then use the back and forward buttons. Notice that the timestamp is different each time for Edge but not other browsers. Using “inspect element” you can see that the content of the hidden field is changed as well.

The previous versions of Edge did not request a new page each time nor did any versions of IE.

Not sure if this is a bug or intended behavior but it is unexpected as it is the only browser I’ve ever come across to perform this way. It’s very problematic for developers who detect back/forward button based on the content of hidden fields, attributes etc.


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    • I can confirm that we do fetch the page again and this is not the case for Chrome or Firefox. Passing off to the network team for triaging.

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “Ali A.”

    • Any update on this? It appears to still exist in version 42.17134.1.0. Is this expected design going forward or is it planned for correction?

    • Any news on the solution to this? This is also a security flaw as form data is automatically being re-posted by using the back button.

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