Closed Bug 176950 Opened 20 years ago Closed 20 years ago

cookie permissions site blocking does not appy to fully qualified node names from within the site.


(Core :: Networking: Cookies, defect)

Not set





(Reporter: debrown, Assigned: mvl)




(1 file)

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.0.1) Gecko/20020823 Netscape/7.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.0.1) Gecko/20020823 Netscape/7.0

blocking or allowing an entire site does not  block/allow specific nodes within
that site. If I specify that cookies/images from site are allowable,
cookies/images from fully qaulified names such as are not covered
by the more general permissions entry. Furthermore, URI's with port designations
are always treated as unique, distinct entities. Thus blocking
will NOT block
  A review of the code for nsPopupWindowManager implies that site blocking
applies to node specific cookies. This is what I expected. The lack of this
feature for cookies seriously degrades the utility of cookie blocking.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
THis is troublesome, I can reliably reproduce this in our site where we have a
library proxy server that sets a site cookie of,followd by a more
specifc cookies for, and finally a proxied service cookie of Obviously, you folk do not have access to this
environment. I did some random poking and although I encountered several
situations similar to the above, I'm darned if I can recall exactly which other
sites showed similar behavior... Here's a short approach that might work:
1. pick any site that uses fully qualified node names for its cookies
2. note the node name
3. exit all ocurrances of mozilla
4. manually edit the cookperm.txt (or equivelant) and specify a site name entry
for the node
5. start mozilla
6. revisit the site

Actual Results:  
blocking/allowing  does not occurr

Expected Results:  
blocked the fully qualified cookie based onthe site name blocking

I reviewed the code from your website for (seamonkey). The following suggestions
can remedy the situation:
In module,
method Permission_Check, at line 257, the method permission_CheckFromList is
called rather than the method  PERMISSION_TestForBlocking.  The former does an
exact string comparison on the host name while the latter checks the full host
name followed  by checks on the more generalized portions of the domain name.

The fix requires that line 257 be rewritten to invoke PERMISSION_TestForBlocking
and that the implementation of PERMISSION_TestForBlocking be revised  to return
the permission object  like PERMISSION_TestForBlocking does. This change to the
return value should not disrupt anything - nsPopupWindowManager::TestPermission
appears to be the only caller of the method and it does not use the reutrn value.

  Additionally, the method PERMISSION_TestForBlocking ought to be modified to
first call permission_CheckFromList  with on URI's that include port
designation, second stip off any port designation and proceede as normal.  There
is a comment in module
(nsPopupWindowManager::TestPermission) at line 185 regarding this "quirky"
behavior of the existing algorithm.
*** Bug 178158 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
-> darin (code for this should probably leverage networking's "no proxy for" code)
Assignee: morse → darin
Ever confirmed: true
Permissions should probably be using a hierarchy approach for checking a site
permission - begin from the most specific entry that domain-matches the host,
and work backward from there. This will have a perf cost though (especially with
big permission lists) so it'll have to wait until we move to hashes in the perm

reassigning to mvl, please implement this feature in the ->hashtable patch ;)
Assignee: darin → mvl
Domain-walking is currently only for popups, but we really should enable this
for  cookies and images too. I've discussed this with jag & darin and the
concensus seems to be that it should be a fairly simple change, but we'd like to
think about it further and collect comments before we make the change.

After the permission work, this is now very easy to patch.

Before we do, we need to think what that will mean to users. When you are now
blocking images from, you will suddenly not see images from anymore.

It'd be nice to get this decided fairly quickly - say, in a week or so - but if
this needs more thought, that's fine. Comments?
Blocks: 199883
It seems to me that using a hierarchy approach that starts with the most
specific match and then proceedes to a more general match is a fair solution. 
This is especially true if blocking an entire domain still allows one to
explicitly grant permissions to  a specific node within the domain.

  Furthermore, granting permission to a domain should also grant permission to
all members of the domain. The interesting quesiton arises when port
specifications are used. It seems to me (though I am not 100% certain) that
interpreting the lack of a port specification as meaining all ports may create a
situation where in a sneaky programmer might attempt to piggy back on a domain
level access permission by using alternate port numbers. My understanding is
that the lack of a port specification implies a protocol specific default (80 in
the case of http). A possible approach for dealing with this would be to have
the [knowlegable] user explicitly specify a wild card port interpretation. Thus,
a specification such as FOO.COM would apply to the protocol specific default
port whilst* would apply to all ports in the domain.

  This would cover my original situation where in I was dealing with an academic
libary proxy server that kept serving up different port numbers and machines all
within the same domain.
WRT ports: we should store the cookie permissions with a port number (or the *
wildcard if it's practical to support it). That way you won't have to match
multiple hash entries during implementation. Personally I think the *
port-wildcard would cause performance problems and is not worth it.

mvl: you can store the port number as a PRUint16 in the hash-entryclass, instead
of as part of the text string. It would save a byte, and make things easier in
general, I think. Let me know if you need help writing a hash-generator function.
Severity: major → normal
OS: Windows 2000 → All
Hardware: PC → All
I've thought a bit about the port stuff... currently it's not really implemented
properly, and we should address it. I think it's of lower priority than getting
domainwalking done, and the upcoming hashtable conversion for permissions will
affect the port-related code significantly, so we should leave the port stuff
til later.

I agree with doug's concept, but I don't like the idea of tacking a default port
onto e.g. an http:// URI when we store a permission. If a user wants to block a
site, we should default to blocking all ports from that URI. If they are
knowledgable enough to know they only want to block one port, then they can edit
the permission entry themselves to do this.

so we could do something like:
1) given a URI e.g. "", first check the permission list for the
host on the default http port, which would be "".
2) if no entry was found, then check for with no port, which would be

the code to do this is very simple; the only issue that bsmedberg pointed out
was that we now have to do twice the number of hash lookups, but it's the most
flexible and powerful option. if we decide we're okay with assuming a specific
port for everything (i.e. blocking "" will only block port 80,
which would make doug's library example impossible to solve), then we can assume
default ports for unspecified entries, and eliminate step 2. we could also drop
ports altogether, and keep things simple. either of these three options sounds
valid to me.
here's a 1-line patch to enable domainwalking for all permission types.

requesting r/sr - darin, jag, can you think of any objections to this? if we
are going to do it, better sooner than later so we can get as much user testing
time on-trunk and in beta as possible.
Attachment #119412 - Flags: superreview?(jaggernaut)
Attachment #119412 - Flags: review?(darin)
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla1.4beta
Comment on attachment 119412 [details] [diff] [review]
domainwalking patch

yup, i agree.  let's give this a try.  r=darin
Attachment #119412 - Flags: review?(darin) → review+
Comment on attachment 119412 [details] [diff] [review]
domainwalking patch

Attachment #119412 - Flags: superreview?(jaggernaut) → superreview+
Checking in extensions/cookie/nsPermissionManager.cpp;
/cvsroot/mozilla/extensions/cookie/nsPermissionManager.cpp,v  <-- 
new revision: 1.22; previous revision: 1.21
Closed: 20 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
*** Bug 80712 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
How does this work? If I right click on an image and select Block Images From
This Server and the image is on server "a.foobar.tld" it is added as such to the
list of servers from which images can't load and not as "foobar.tld". So if I
get it correctly it now blocks al images from "x.a.foobar.tld" instead of
"x.foobar.tld"? Or is there some other function which allows you to add a domain
manualy to the list? Maybe there should be two options: Block from this server
and Block from this domain.
>How does this work? If I right click on an image and select Block Images From
>This Server and the image is on server "a.foobar.tld" it is added as such to
>the list of servers from which images can't load and not as "foobar.tld".

that's correct - the host that the image resides on is the one that gets added
to the list.

>So if I get it correctly it now blocks al images from "x.a.foobar.tld" instead
>of "x.foobar.tld"?

right. all images from *.a.foobar.tld will be blocked; foobar.tld is not
included in this.

>Or is there some other function which allows you to add a domain manualy to the
>list? Maybe there should be two options: Block from this server and Block from
>this domain.

it's difficult to have an automatic "block from this domain" kind of option,
because it's not trivial to determine what that domain should be; further, it
might not be intuitive to all users, and unneccessarily complicates things. one
idea which i'm semi-fond of is to allow the user to specify what server to block
from manually (a dialog), but i'm not sure how to integrate that nicely into the
UI yet. it's a future enhancement we might consider.
*** Bug 158299 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Dan Witte wrote,
"it's difficult to have an automatic "block from this domain" kind of option"

For anyone interested in discussing this feature, head over to Mozillazine:
oh yeah, one thing to mention while I'm here.

I don't test Image Blocking. If you want to talk about something that is Image
Blocking that relates to a cookie feature, please create a separate bug and mark
it depends. I am getting too much bugmail to worry about non-cookies stuff. 

As for the blocking aspects, I don't think doing port wildcards makes sense. It
does logically, if you think of the posible socket tuples as a two dimensional
space of IP addresses to port numbers (because blocking by network is blocking a
row, while blocking sockets would be the analgous blocking of a column. But
domains are a hierarchical overlay that is one-many and non-contigous by nature
(that is the whole point of having a level of indirection), and I don't think
that there is any end-user logic to blocking a port across a non-contiguous
block of sockets in the numberspace.

The relevant type of indirection to DNS is protocol scheme. A user might say: I
hate FTP from this domain. A user might say, this socket (domain -> IP address +
port) annoys me. 

nobody says: I dislike all image servers running on port 81 from the, which might be 20 ip addresses living on every major ISP on the
planet. That is too easy to circumvent anyhow w/ dynamic link generation. AOL's
IM server accepts connectionns from every port, to allow maximum blocking
evasion. real audio is similar, it comes with what looks like a built in port
QA Contact: tever → cookieqa
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