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[Bug 25721] extractable keys should be disabled by default

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Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:29:37 +0000
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virginie.galindo@gemalto.com changed:

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--- Comment #17 from virginie.galindo@gemalto.com ---
Hi all,

Provided the balanced discussions Web Crypto WG had with respect to the key
extractability – how it is needed, how it can be used, what are the
Provided the fact that implementers, developers and users are made clearly
aware of the security expectation for the Web Crypto API [1] and extractable
key in particular (see [extract] below). 
Provided that user interaction (suggested in the bug discussion as a possible
technical answer to security concerns) is something that is usually out of
scope of the W3C domain and does not have a real security value proposition. 
I suggest that we close this bugn with WONTFIX. 

Chair of the Web Crypto WG

[extract] Applications may share a CryptoKey object across security boundaries,
such as origins, through the use of the structured clone algorithm and APIs
such as postMessage. While access to the underlying cryptographic key material
may be restricted, based upon the extractable attribute, once a key is shared
with a destination origin, the source origin can not later restrict or revoke
access to the key. As such, authors must be careful to ensure they trust the
destination origin to take the same mitigations against hostile script that the
source origin employs. Further, in the event of script injection on the source
origin, attackers may post the key to an origin under attacker control. Any
time that the user agent visits the attacker's origin, the user agent may be
directed to perform cryptographic operations using that key, such as the
decryption of existing messages or the creation of new, fraudulent messages.

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