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From Brian>
Subject Re: Whitelist: *.doman vs subdomain attribute
Date Fri, 05 Jul 2013 19:21:07 GMT
TBH I'm still unsure of the entire whitelist thing. It feels like
we've spent a great deal of time on a feature that is essentially just
a talking point for security checklists. Our community is otherwise
uninterested if not outright frustrated by it!

I know the whitelist is pretty tied up to our internals so making it a
plugin is probably not realistic. Regardless the behavior should be
normalized across the platforms. I like the Chrome spec.

We should contrast this with the WebAPI [1] stuff Moz is doing and the
restricted by default Sys Apps thinking [2].


On Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM, Andrew Grieve <> wrote:
> As another point of reference, here's the white-listing scheme that Chrome
> extensions use:
> It uses * for wildcards, but adds some restrictions as to where the * may
> appear and what schemes are valid.
> It's not a goal for Cordova to be runnable within Widget containers, so I
> don't think conforming to the widget spec is meaningful, except that it
> saves us from writing our own spec. I think the white-list patterns from
> Chrome Extensions make sense (aside from specifying "chrome-extension" as a
> valid scheme).
> On Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM, Andrew Grieve <> wrote:
>> We've had several requests for finer-grain whitelist. The main ask is a
>> way to allow images.
>> I think a simple step towards this would be to allow the whitelist to
>> specify patterns that match against the full URL, and not just the domain.
>> e.g. <access origin="**" />
>> On Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM, Ian Clelland <>wrote:
>>> There seem to be two competing methods for whitelisting domains with
>>> subdomains, and support for each varies by platform.
>>> <access origin="*" />
>>>    - is supported on ios
>>>    - is supported on android as of CB-3854
>>>    - is backwards-compatible with previous versions of cordova
>>>    - is supported by cordova-cli
>>> <access origin="" subdomains="true" />
>>>    - is supported on android
>>>    - is supported on BB10
>>>    - may not be backwards-compatible
>>>    - is the only method defined in the W3 widgets-access spec
>>>    - is not supported by cordova-cli*
>>> This situation makes it difficult to create a config.xml for a project
>>> which will successfully work on all platforms.
>>> *(cordova-mobile-spec, for instance, contains <access origin=""
>>> subdomains="true" /> in its config.xml, which gets translated as <access
>>> origin="" /> in the platform config files, and subsequently
>>> fails
>>> everywhere.)
>>> I think that the subdomains attribute is the right way forward, as it is
>>> endorsed by the W3C, and I believe that we are ostensibly trying to
>>> conform
>>> to the widgets spec for our config.xml files.
>>> To that end, I'd like to make the subdomains attribute work on all
>>> platforms (I'll take care of iOS; I don't know if any others need fixing)
>>> and also make it work in CLI. I don't think we should remove support for
>>> the wildcard domains, for backwards compatibility, but then again, maybe
>>> 3.0 is the right time and place for that.
>>> If there are no objections, I'll create the issues and start implementing
>>> this (with as much backwards compatibility as I can manage)
>>> Ian

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