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[Bug 27302] New: Define an elaboration of #may-document-use-powerful-features that checks ancestor browsing contexts

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Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:56:49 +0000
To: public-webappsec@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-27302-4874@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=27302

            Bug ID: 27302
           Summary: Define an elaboration of
                    #may-document-use-powerful-features that checks
                    ancestor browsing contexts
           Product: WebAppsSec
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Mixed Content
          Assignee: mkwst@google.com
          Reporter: hsivonen@hsivonen.fi
                CC: public-webappsec@w3.org

https://w3c.github.io/webappsec/specs/mixedcontent/#may-document-use-powerful-features
checks ancestor browsing contexts only for srcdoc documents. This makes the
algorithm mainly useful for API that are restricted to Potentially Trusted
origins in order to protect misunderstanding Web authors from assuming things
that aren't true otherwise. That is, the algorithm is useful for informing Web
authors about Web Crypto not providing the security properties that many people
seem to think it provides on untrusted origins.

However, when the goal is to prevent a MITM from calling a privacy-sensitive
API, to account for the case where the MITM injects a https iframe into an http
victim origin such that the https iframe loads content from a MITM-controlled
domain that has a legitimate cert, there is a need for an algorithm that checks
*all* ancestors and doesn't stop climbing the browsing context chain when a
non-srcdoc document is found.

Please define such a variant of the algorithm to be referenced from EME to
resolve bug 27271.

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