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

From: cowwoc <cowwoc@bbs.darktech.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 01:00:20 -0400
Message-ID: <51EF5F64.3000505@bbs.darktech.org>
To: Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com>
CC: "Cullen Jennings (fluffy)" <fluffy@cisco.com>, "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
On 24/07/2013 12:00 AM, Eric Rescorla wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM, cowwoc <cowwoc@bbs.darktech.org 
> <mailto: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.

     Fair enough. So I guess the next question is: is this a big deal?

     I can tell you that from a developer troubleshooting point of view, 
exposing this information would be helpful.

Gili
Received on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:01:10 UTC

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