[webkit-dev] Do we need a "webkitBackground" property for XMLHttpRequest?

Brady Eidson beidson at apple.com
Tue Jul 24 08:52:17 PDT 2012

On Jul 24, 2012, at 2:58 AM, Adam Barth <abarth at webkit.org> wrote:

> I don't think we should add this property.  Instead we should not ever
> present HTTP auth dialogs for any requests other than the main
> resource for the top-level frame.  Presenting HTTP auth dialogs in
> other contexts is a phishing risk.

I think there are corporate/financial apps that would break if this was policy.


> Adam
> On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 2:47 AM, xuewen <xuewen.wang at torchmobile.com.cn> wrote:
>> When we send XMLHttpRequest  to access search engines or it is sent from
>> chrome extensions,  we may do/don't want the browser to show the
>> authentication challenge dialog. Should we provide a property to give a
>> choice to users such as the "webkitBackground"?
>> Please see the bug https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=91964
>> If we totally disable XHR popping up the challenge dialogs, then how can the
>> user request the resource using XHR from the sites across origins and
>> requiring authentications? Or will this operation be disallowed in the
>> future?
>> One way is to show a form by javascript to ask for the credentials in its
>> "onReadyStatusChange" and resend it by XHR. Is this the reason to totally
>> disable the XHR popping up challenge dialogs?
>> Sean Wang
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