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Re: [tor-talk] Should DOM storage really be enabled by default in TorBrowser?

On 6/20/2014 9:04 AM, Joe Btfsplk wrote:
On 6/19/2014 1:51 PM, Georg Koppen wrote:
Joe Btfsplk:
Curious:  Should DOM storage really be enabled by default in Tor Browser
3.6.x, when other forms of disk storage are disabled?
DOM Storage in Tor Browser does not save state to disc. And it is bound
to the URL bar domain (see design document).

The code is in commit 5392d2ed679eaaa078f5c667573ef0698ec65345 in the
tor-browser repository.


EDIT: There is data stored in webappsstore.sqlite in vanilla Fx, if it's allowed. The sqlite viewer I was using - http://sqlitebrowser.org/ - doesn't display the contents of <my> copy of that file.
It apparently displays some other Fx sqlite files OK.  Dunno.

I know Mozilla has an addon sqlite viewer & I've used it, but would prefer a stand alone, as it's seldom used. Don't need another addon, potentially causing probs, used once in 3, 6 or...? months.

If anyone has a better suggestion for a free viewer, preferably portable, I'd appreciate it.
Checking vanilla Fx, I don't see it's *storing anything* in
webappsstore.sqlite either, even though the default about:config entry
"dom.storage.enabled" = true.
Maybe? that's because I have all disk cache disabled in vanilla Fx, as
is Torbrowers' default?

Unless youtube doesn't attempt to use DOM storage, with 1st party
cookies & java script allowed for both youtube.com & ytimg.com, in
vanilla Fx.

It's good nothing's being stored (even in Fx), except you can't verify
which delete history / cache / storage method removes DOM data.
Something else must be going on.

BTW, the "Design Document - DRAFT" (dated March 15, 2013 ) that's linked
from TorProject's main page, has non-functioning link for the patch in
the line below about DOM storage.
It says "404 - Cannot find file"

  1. /DOM Storage

     DOM storage for third party domains MUST be isolated to the url bar
     origin, to prevent linkability between sites. This functionality is
     provided through a patch to Firefox

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