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From "Singh, Ramandeep" <>
Subject RE: Ignoring SSL Errors for InAppBrowser
Date Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:29:27 GMT

Many enterprise apps require functionality to access self-signed URLs so this option is really
missing in the InAppBrowser. In the main PhoneGap web view, one can overwrite a public function
(onReceivedSslError()) to allow self-signed URLs so something similar should be possible in
the InAppBrowser too. You can check the following app which has been made using PhoneGap:


-----Original Message-----
From: Josh Soref []
Sent: 24 July 2013 01:51
Cc: Singh, Ramandeep
Subject: RE: Ignoring SSL Errors for InAppBrowser

A simple flag is definitely wrong... a static whitelist could be interesting.

Are there real use cases beyond `localhost`?

If someone whitelists any site that isn't on the local device, then when I'm in an Internet
Café, the wrong thing can happen (and in certain cases, the wrong thing probably will happen).

Making it easy for people to write broken applications doesn't seem to be a good "value-add".
Unfortunately, people will do the wrong thing and not care about their customers....

But, this is just my personal opinion....

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shazron []
> Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 3:40 PM
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Ignoring SSL Errors for InAppBrowser
> Why the js callback and not just the static white-list?
> the js callback allows someone to change the security rules at runtime
> which could be a hole I suppose.
> On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Andrew Grieve
> <>wrote:
> >
> >
> > There are pulls request for adding to iOS & Android that add:
> >
> >, '_blank', 'location=yes,validatessl=no');
> >
> >
> > Given that this is security-related though, I wanted to get more
> > eyes on it. Other proposals are to have each questionable cert go
> > through a JS
> > callback:
> >
> > var iab =;
> > iab.onSSLError = function(url) {
> >    return !!/^\//.exec(url);
> > };
> >
> > Or to add a white-list to your config.xml for allowed self-signed https:
> > addresses.
> >
> > If your app is not going to validate ssl certs, then perhaps
> > restricting the scope of it isn't really increasing security
> > anyways. It's certainly useful for development to be able to turn it
> > off, but maybe for that reason we should turn it off globally with a <preference>
> >
> > Thoughts? Willingness from other platforms?
> >

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