[Full-disclosure] Geolocation spoofing and other UI woes
pavel at ucw.cz
Fri Aug 27 06:58:46 BST 2010
> This may be of some interest to people on the list:
> In general, there is a class of UI design problems that trace back to
> the failure to account for the inherent limitations of human
> cognition; the specific example exploited by this PoC is the HTML5
> geolocation API (supported by most browsers except for Internet
> Explorer); calls to navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition() result
> in prompts that can be clicked in a timeframe shorter than the minimal
> latency required to respond to visual stimuli. A whimsical
> Firefox-specific PoC is:
> I reported a number of flaws similar to this one between 2005 and 2007
> (e.g., https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=376473); but it
> seems that these problems remain endemic to security UIs across all
> browsers; and the previously implemented workarounds are sometimes
> removed as a perceived usability roadblock. We probably need to do
> better, especially as computers get faster; this would not have been
> nearly as much of an issue ten years ago.
Well, Android actually does something to address this for system
prompts: dialog box pops up with buttons disabled, and they are
re-enabled after second or so.
This should be certainly done for security prompts, and probably for
normal dialog boxes, too.
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