[whatwg] Security: emphasize that subdomain is not enough for user provided scriptable content
mikko.rantalainen at peda.net
Tue Aug 28 05:33:01 PDT 2018
contains an example that has "usercontent.example.net" instead of e.g.
"video.example.com" used in the same chapter. It does have a warning saying
> It is important to use a separate domain so that if the attacker
> convinces the user to visit that page directly, the page doesn't run
> in the context of the site's origin, which would make the user
> vulnerable to any attack found in the page.
but I think this should specifically mention that using a subdomain is
the subdomain is different. This difference may not be immediately
obvious to casual reader especially because both examples also have
different subdomains which is easier to notice.
I'm not sure how wording should be put because technically
"example.com." is subdomain of "com." top level domain. And we have
stuff such as "co.uk.", which makes things even hairier.
I guess that the spec would like to use .example.* domains in all the
examples but perhaps one could use something more explicit such as
for this example in addition to being more explicit about subdomains in
the warning. That would prevent even casual reader from mixing
a.example.com and b.example-usercontent.com.
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