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Re: Improve error message when browser denies access to getUserMedia()

From: Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:00:21 -0700
Message-ID: <CABcZeBNqatACbvTXLrz0ZLSz5QkFMygSMGkj2aJ-1aawuSgBTg@mail.gmail.com>
To: cowwoc <cowwoc@bbs.darktech.org>
Cc: "Cullen Jennings (fluffy)" <fluffy@cisco.com>, "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM, cowwoc <cowwoc@bbs.darktech.org> wrote:

> Hi Cullen,
>
>     To be clear: The JS is asking the browser to tell it whether access to
> the camera was denied by the user, or by the browser for reasons outside
> the control of the user. The former is a recoverable error, the latter is
> fatal.
>
>     Do you see any privacy implications there?
>

Sure. It tells the JS whether you have a potentially usable camera.

That may or may not be a big deal, but it is certainly information leakage.

-Ekr
Received on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 04:01:28 UTC

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