eBay[DE] auction description inside cascaded iframe missing in FF source, although MS IE8 (in compatibility view) displays the code.




8 years ago
3 years ago


(Reporter: ck3.phoenix, Unassigned)


3.6 Branch
Windows XP

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)





8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv: Gecko/20101026 Firefox/3.6.12
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv: Gecko/20101026 Firefox/3.6.12

Is eBay protecting their auction description from Mozilla FireFox and latest Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 by two hidden iframes?

I tested version v3, v3.5 and v3.6 on several auction items on German site.

What did I do?
=> opened an eBay-auction
=> show source code
=> tried to extract (or at least find) the description

The interesting thing, you can find the auction description in Microsoft IE8 by showing the source in compatibility! view (or use earlier versions).

Saving the website (eBay auction) by "save page as" in FF embeds the auction description.

This means, the saved page is not anymore protected and you can view the whole content of the auction including the description via page source.

I discovered this flaw by using the AddOn ScrapBook (Plus), because if you are saving any auction locally (archive site) by the AddOn and open it after that within FF the auction description is missing and it is a little malformed in the header.
Personally I love archiving auctions by ScrapBook.
I have already written an email to the author of ScrapBook, but he doesn't know how to fix this problem, although he were able to reproduce it.
So I guess it would be enough, if either Mozilla Firefox becomes updated to support the iframes in source anyhow or the author of ScrapBook AddOn needs to update its saving/archiving routines.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. open any eBay[DE] auction with FF
2. show page source
3. search "<div class="d-iframe">" => see following <iframe> tag
4. open any eBay[DE] auction with IE8 in compatibility mode
5. show page source
6. search for some auction description content and you will find the code

Actual Results:  
- doesn't show auction description in source code (maybe hidden iframe for content protection)

Expected Results:  
- show the auction description in source code (i.e. already possible with Firebug)


7 years ago
Version: unspecified → 3.6 Branch
Reporter, Firefox 4.0.1 has been released, and it features significant improvements over previous releases. Can you please update to Firefox 4.0.1 or later, and retest your bug? Please also create a fresh profile (
http://support.mozilla.com/kb/Managing+profiles), update your plugins (Flash, Java, Quicktime, Reader, etc) and update your graphics driver and Operating system to the latest versions available. 

If you still continue to see this issue, please comment. If you do not, please close this bug as RESOLVED > WORKSFORME

filter: prefirefox4uncobugs

Comment 2

3 years ago
Do you still see this problem when using a current version started in safe mode?

If you still continue to see this issue, please comment. If you do not, please close this bug as RESOLVED > WORKSFORME
Whiteboard: [closeme 2015-03-25]

Comment 3

3 years ago
Resolved per whiteboard
Last Resolved: 3 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
Whiteboard: [closeme 2015-03-25]
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