Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) is a mechanism that allows restricted resources (e.g. fonts) on a web page to be requested from another domain outside the domain from which the resource originated. The Access-Control-Allow-Origin header indicates whether a resource can be shared based by returning the value of the Origin request header, "*", or "null" in the response.
If a website responds with Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * the requested resource allows sharing with every origin. Therefore, any website can make XHR (XMLHTTPRequest) requests to your site and access the responses. It's not recommended to use the Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * header.
Is recommended not to use Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *. Instead the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header should contain the list of origins that can make COR requests.