[whatwg] Encrypted HTTP and related security concerns - make mixed content warnings accessible from JS?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Feb 3 10:38:30 PST 2011

On Thu, 11 Nov 2010, Ingo Chao wrote:
> For automated error reporting, say for a HTTPS mashup page with 3rd 
> party advertisement content, I would like to have a security warning 
> thrown for the mixed content situation (HTTPS mixed with HTTP content), 
> accessible from JavaScript.

On Sat, 13 Nov 2010, Ingo Chao wrote:
> The mashup combines components, some of them are not under my control. 
> The advertisement service provides 3rd party ads, they will change 
> often. Including the ad service means that I never know if and when 
> someone throws in http content into the mix.
> The error console would show the issue to me, but does not report 
> automatically. I don't want to be dependent on user's bug reports 
> regarding the warning they see occasionally. Users get upset, or think 
> that they'd better leave is insecure place, but usually they won't file 
> a but report. I need to get this info as soon as the event fires.
> I've seen this scenario on some https mashups, like web mail services 
> that inluce ad services into their mashup.

On Sat, 13 Nov 2010, Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> This sounds to me like the kind of reasoning which resulted in the CSP 
> policy set stuff:
> https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Security/CSP
> (and, in particular, the violation reports)

I haven't added anything to the spec at this time, on the assumption that 
this is indeed the kind of thing which CSP might fix in the medium-term 
future. If it turns out that CSP, or whatever CSP gets replaced by, 
doesn't solve this use case, then we should revisit it.

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