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[whatwg] Client-side database and origins

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 19:32:25 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0710031930280.4889@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 3 Oct 2007, Brady Eidson wrote:
> To me, this implies that a page hosted at "http://www.foo.com:80/user1" 
> has access to all databases that were created by 
> "http://www.foo.com:80/user2"


> Even if the page at "http://www.foo.com:80/user1" needs to know the 
> database name and the correct version from http://www.foo.com:80/user2", 
> this seems like a glaring security issue.

Even if we limited it to paths, it would still be possible to access the 
database. Since JavaScript same-origin checks aren't based on paths, you'd 
just need to create an <iframe> to a page under /user2 and then inject 
whatever script you wanted. The injected script would run under the /user2 
origin, and would thus give you access to the database.

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