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Re: Documenting Timing Attacks in Rendering Engines

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 15:57:03 -0800
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDC5r7y5sKi1jqU=tGz6A0uKRH4etPknwyKoNGKPH9W6ZQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Vincent Hardy <vhardy@adobe.com>
Cc: Charles Pritchard <chuck@jumis.com>, "public-fx@w3.org" <public-fx@w3.org>
On Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM, Vincent Hardy <vhardy@adobe.com> wrote:
> For the record, here are the points we presented the FX group during the
> last face to face:
> - Timing attackes rely on inferring rendered content from the time it takes
> to render it
> - Timing attacks were demonstrated attack in WebGL
> - There are differences between CSS shaders and WebGL (different timing
> mechanisms)
> - Possible solution:
>      - CORS
>      - Mandate that UAs do not give out information on rendered content from
> timing (obfuscate the requestAnimationFrame method)
> ========
> We decided to explore CORS at this time,

This doesn't make sense.  cross-origin content is *one* information
leak from shaders.  There are many more that Adam Barth has pointed
out, such as :visited status, the user's spellchecking dictionary, the
user's filesystem structure through the display of <input type=file>
in some browsers, etc.  These latter have nothing to do with CORS.

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