[whatwg] Sandboxed IFrames and downloads.

Mike West mkwst at google.com
Sat Feb 2 10:11:23 PST 2013

It's currently possible to force a download by serving a file with a
"Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=..." header. Notably, this
mechanism can be used to download a file with minimal user interaction by
including the resource to be downloaded in an IFrame. This holds even for
sandboxed IFrames, as demonstrated by
http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/sandboxed.html (clicking that link will download
a file, fair warning).

It seems consistent with the general thought behind the `sandbox` attribute
that it should control downloads as well as the bits it already locks down.
I'd propose adjusting the spec to include a sandboxed downloads flag,
which, when present, would block all downloads from inside the frame (or,
perhaps only require user confirmation?). This restriction could be lifted
via an 'allow-downloads' keyword, if present in the sandbox attribute's
token list.


Mike West <mkwst at google.com>, Developer Advocate
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