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posted by martyb on Sunday November 25 2018, @01:59AM   Printer-friendly
from the welcome-to-the-danger-zone dept.

Google and Mozilla are working together on a method to let web apps gain access to users' files.

A group led by Google and Mozilla is working to make it easy to edit files using browser-based web apps but wants advice on how to guard against the "major" security and privacy risks.

The idea is to allow users to save changes they've made using web apps, without the hassle of having to download new files after each edit, as is necessary today.

[...] the W3C Web Incubator Community Group (WICG), which is chaired by representatives from Chrome developer Google and Firefox developer Mozilla, is working on developing the new Writable Files API, which would allow web apps running in the browser to open a file, edit it, and save the changes back to the same file.

However, the group says the biggest challenge will be guarding against malicious sites seeking to abuse persistent access to files on a user's system.

"By far the hardest part for this API is of course going to be the security model to use," warns the WICG's explainer page for the API.

"The API provides a lot of scary power to websites that could be abused in many terrible ways.

What could possibly go wrong?


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 25 2018, @11:56AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 25 2018, @11:56AM (#766139)

    What's left?
    E-mail client and a few good mailing lists. Seriously, I haven't found large amount of practical info (in form of FAQ or documentation) in the Web since 2015. "News" made to manipulate and divide people, trolling fests in forums, all questions answered with "buy more stuff". Turn the TV on for the same content, it'll eat less electricity.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by fyngyrz on Sunday November 25 2018, @05:12PM (1 child)

    by fyngyrz (6567) on Sunday November 25 2018, @05:12PM (#766206) Journal

    I haven't found large amount of practical info (in form of FAQ or documentation) in the Web since 2015.

    You're either looking for the wrong things, or in the wrong places, then. The WWW remains well supplied with with great information, much of it unencumbered by advertising, spam, etc. You do need to be able to use search engines well, though — there's no question there's plenty of spam out there.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 26 2018, @12:13AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 26 2018, @12:13AM (#766322)

      "Yes", "I" "still" "use" "Google" "well" -shop -price -sell -site:[snap*!] -site:[snap**!]

      ;)

      * - one of the biggest e-shop putting links to every problem.
      ** - forum aggregator who has stolen search queries database some time ago and is trying to get all people to their ad-infested pages.

      I get useful answers, but most of them are in older parts of the WWW, in form of links (now in Archive) or in disappearing niche forums. And yes, these are in sites in which lone GIF banner is the only ad.
      But since about 2010-2015, I see a significant decline here. And a lot is dependent on the country - I search mostly in English and Russian Internet as I can find answers and suggestions to technical questions there, there are countries in which it's even better (but language is the limit), and there are countries in which it's worse. For my country... this looks like one of these teleshopping TV channels.

  • (Score: 2) by Apparition on Sunday November 25 2018, @09:57PM

    by Apparition (6835) on Sunday November 25 2018, @09:57PM (#766295) Journal

    There aren't trolling fests in mailing lists as well as forums? That would be news to me. I find that they're both equally useful and trolly.