Our literacy web site for kids with disabilities is causing some users issues with logging in. You can visit the site at http://tarheelreader.org/. If you login at https://tarheelreader.org/login/, and then go to the login page again you should see a logout message. But Chrome caches the page and returns the original login page instead. The headers are:

Cache-Control:no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, max-age=0, post-check=0, pre-check=0
Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
Date:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:55:55 GMT
Expires:Wed, 11 Jan 1984 05:00:00 GMT
Link:<https://tarheelreader.org/?p=110663>; rel=shortlink

Which are about every way I could find to say don't cache this page. But the network tab in the debugger shows the page coming from disk cache. If I disable the cache with the checkbox in the debugger things work as they should.

Update If I set the sandbox version of the site to use HTTPS only the problem goes away. Maybe it is something about the switching from HTTP to HTTPS and back?

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    I see the cached response too, not sure why as yet. However, you also have a funny redirect going on... if I try to access https://tarheelreader.org/login (as in your link), without a trailing slash, then I get a 302 redirect to the http://... URL! Only if you include the trailing slash does it appear to behave correctly.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 0:00
  • Fixed in the post. And thanks for looking. I can enable you to login if you need it.
    – GaryBishop
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 0:03

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no-cache is not as strong as no-store. Chrome's documentation indicates that no-cache indicates a re-usable document, while no-store indicates that it should not be re-used.

Based on this information, your Cache-Control header should simply be:

Cache-Control: no-store

The extra values in it may be letting Chrome pick and choose which it would like to honor.

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    Thanks for the info. The diagram is great. Though I need it to work across all browsers even back to IE6! Schools often give the old computers to the classroom for disabled kids. See my update above. Going https only (which I've been meaning to do) seems to fix it.
    – GaryBishop
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 0:34
  • IE6 doesn't know about no-store. You could set a different Cache-Control header for IE6 using user-agent sniffing. Alternately, you could have a separate page for logout, or pass a parameter to your login page (even a dummy parameter). Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 0:54
  • You are correct. Changing the Cache-Control to no-store and it works perfectly in Chrome.
    – GaryBishop
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 1:25
  • No, I spoke too soon. The change doesn't fix it on Windows 10. Same behavior
    – GaryBishop
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 1:35
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    How to control web page caching, across all browsers? seems to recommend only Cache-Control: no-store, must-revalidate and old versions of IE use Pragma: no-cache but there is one answer that says when using HTTPS the pragma header causes Chrome 28 to fail. It looks pretty much impossible to satisfy all browsers with a single set of directives. Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 10:42

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