[webkit-dev] On adding 'console.memory' API (and about the whole 'console' object.)

Mikhail Naganov mnaganov at chromium.org
Fri Jun 4 01:54:29 PDT 2010

Comments are inline.

On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 05:57, Sam Weinig <sam.weinig at gmail.com> wrote:
> I should note, I don't think this is possible for JS objects, it certainly
> would not be possible for arbitrary WebCore/WebKit objects.  I noticed the
> patch was re-landed, which surprises me since we are still discussing it,
> why was this?
> -Sam

Well, I sent my last message 2 days ago, got no answer, and decided
that the discussion is finished by a timeout. I haven't seen any
serious concerns about this patch.

> On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 5:02 PM, Timothy Hatcher <timothy at apple.com> wrote:
>> Even if that wont prevent Sam's proposed information leak, I think this
>> would be good to do. That way developers only see what they are affecting.
>> Otherwise a developer might chase a red herring if they have Gmail  or
>> something open in the background and keep seeing spikes of memory are not
>> caused by their page.

Let's elaborate this a bit more. How I'm seeing this potential attack:
another page (or an iframe) retrieves memory size and somehow deduces
something based on memory consumption (current or over time) by an
engine. If we restrict reported counts to include only page's
(iframe's) memory it could only deduce things about itself, or about
engine specifics, like, e.g. how many bytes does it take to hold a
particular object. And even this data isn't exact now, because in JSC,
the memory consumption is counted using the number of allocated
blocks, so it's pretty coarse-grained.

I agree that we (me, personally) should implement this filtering of
memory consumption counter. I think, this should be possible for JS
objects, if we involve the same mechanism that is used for enforcing
single origin policy.

>> On Jun 2, 2010, at 2:45 PM, Mikhail Naganov wrote:
>> > Used memory count can be restricted to include only objects reachable
>> > from the caller execution context. In this case, an app could only see
>> > the amount of memory consumed by itself, not by the whole engine.
>> — Timothy Hatcher
>> _______________________________________________
>> webkit-dev mailing list
>> webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org
>> http://lists.webkit.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/webkit-dev

More information about the webkit-dev mailing list