Login issues with newer browsers

Quick summary

**Last updated on 2022-11-09**: All major distributions should now have fixed packages.

If you’re experiencing an issue logging in to Cockpit with an error about :where():is() support:

  • In most cases, update your servers. Cockpit 277, released last month, has the fix.
  • After updating, if you see the error, it may be cached. Reload the page. In some cases, you may even need to hold down shift, just to be sure. (Shift+Ctrl+R or Shift+F5 or hold down Shift while clicking the refresh icon)

Updating Cockpit should work for Arch, CentOS Stream, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and derivatives, such as Alma Linux and Rocky Linux), and likely other distributions that ship Cockpit.

If updating still doesn’t work for your distribution, then hopefully it will work very soon. For the time being, please look at the bottom of this post for some workarounds.


Logging in with new versions of browsers into a few older versions of Cockpit is currently broken due to a check in the login code. This check used to pass in all browsers, but very recently every browser has changed the way they parse the string. Firefox release 106 — released this week — has this parsing change; all other browsers will have it in upcoming versions too.

We fixed this bug as soon as it was discovered (a month ago) and pushed a new release of Cockpit and also backported it as a hotfix to all the “stable” slower-moving distributions.

All distributions have had the fix for a around a month. Most distributions have accepted and published the fix, including Arch Linux, CentOS Stream 8 & 9, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE Tumbleweed, and Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux 8.7 and 9.1.

Due to the nature of enterprise/LTS distributions the fixes have not landed yet in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6 & 9.0, Alma Linux, and Rocky Linux.

Affected browsers

Right now (2022-10-20): Using Firefox 106 with Cockpit is affected. However, Chrome, Edge, Brave, and any other Chromium-based browser will have versions in the very near future which will also be affected. WebKit-based browsers, such as Safari and GNOME Web will likely be affected soon as well.

Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) is slower-moving and is on 102.x and is not affected, nor will it be affected until Q3 2023 (2023-07-04 specifically, according to the Firefox release schedule).


If packages are not yet available for your distribution

We suggest using an official package, but if packages are not yet available for your distribution, we have a simple, quick fix.

This sed command adds the two characters to the webpacked JS file for the login page. Run it as an administrator (root account) on a server with Cockpit installed:

sed -i 's/is():where()/is(*):where(*)/' /usr/share/cockpit/static/login.js

It works on every distribution that has Cockpit’s login.js in /usr/share/cockpit/static/. If your distribution has the file elsewhere, then change the path accordingly.

About Garrett LeSage

Garrett has been a designer in the FOSS (free and open source software) world since the late 90s and works at Red Hat in the Cockpit team.