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Re: WindowProxy objects violate ES5 invariants

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:37:22 -0500
Message-ID: <50CA2062.2090303@mit.edu>
To: David Bruant <bruant.d@gmail.com>
CC: public-script-coord@w3.org
On 12/13/12 12:24 PM, David Bruant wrote:
> When a script in a page has access to its global object, this object is
> a WindowProxy. In this case, under which conditions can the underlying
> window object change? (and that change be observable by the same script,
> of course)

When the window is navigated or document.open() is called.

Here's a simple testcase that shows the underlying window changing:

     var self = window;
     var foo = 1;
     var f = function() { alert(foo); alert(self.foo); }


   <iframe src="test2.html"></iframe>
     window.onload = function() {
       window.f = frames[0].f;
       var i = document.querySelector("iframe");
       i.setAttribute("onload", "f()");
       frames[0].location = "about:blank";

This alerts 1, 1, 1, undefined in at least Safari, Opera, Firefox.

>> That's not ok, unfortunately, because for security reasons we must be
>> able to define things that look like non-configurable properties on a
>> window.
> By "we", you mean "implementors" and that's fine. Only web authors won't
> be able to define their own non-configurable properties.

I don't see how that's OK.  "we" as in implementors are using the same 
APIs to define our properties...

It seems like you're just taking one bit of magic and replacing it with 
another, just as bad, bit of magic.  What's the win?

>  From what I understand, [Unforgeable] means that 'location' is an own
> non-configurable property.

That's correct.

> I think I understand that since location is
> readonly, it only has a getter (tell me if I'm missing something). If
> 'location' is indeed reflected as a getter, then, everything is fine.

So the key here is that it's not just a getter but that this getter is 
always present on all Window objects, right?

Note also that there may be some cases in which a WindowProxy will 
simply stop pointing to any Window completely.  I don't know whether any 
of these are (yet?) exposed to the web platform...

> More relevant to implementors, having WindowProxy respecting ES5
> invariants enable them to be self-hosted in ES6 and be implemented with
> ES6 proxies.

This is an argument I would have an easier time buying if we don't then 
turn around and say that there's magic implementors can do that authors 
can't like you do above....

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