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Re: Why does screen sharing require a browser extension?

From: Rob Manson <robman@mob-labs.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 04:06:58 +1100
Message-ID: <529383B2.6030404@mob-labs.com>
To: public-webrtc@w3.org
What session was that in?  And is there an official announcement somewhere?!



On 26/11/13 3:56 AM, cowwoc wrote:
> Hi,
> In the WebRTC World conference Justin Uberti mentioned that Chrome 
> (and Firefox too?) will be moving screen sharing out of Javascript, 
> requiring developers to publish a browser extension per application 
> that wishes to screen-share. The logic behind it was that malicious 
> app could be banned from the app store.
> One thing I didn't understand (and was not explained) is why screen 
> sharing is substantially more security-sensitive than webcam sharing? 
> I get the fact that someone could use screen sharing to snoop on my 
> banking activity, but how is this any more security sensitive than 
> knowing what I look like and where I live? If the security dialog is 
> good enough for webcam sharing, why is it not good enough for screen 
> sharing?
> And finally, couldn't you simply require the use of SSL for this 
> feature and then ban malicious applications based on their 
> certificate? Requiring the download of an extension is almost like 
> requiring a browser plugin for WebRTC. I'd like to avoid it if at all 
> possible.
> Thanks,
> Gili
Received on Monday, 25 November 2013 17:07:21 UTC

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