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Re: webauthn support?

From: Jack Hill
Subject: Re: webauthn support?
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2019 17:46:57 -0500 (EST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (DEB 67 2015-01-07)

Thanks Mark and Chris for you replies,

On Mon, 28 Oct 2019, Mark H Weaver wrote:

I'm not aware of any freedom issues related to webauthn, nor any
specific intent by the IceCat developers to disable it.

Thanks for confirming, I didn't know enough to be sure.

It might be a bug, or possibly a side effect of IceCat's changes to the default settings compared with upstream Firefox. Here are those changes:


As a first step, I would suggest fiddling with those settings that
IceCat changed, starting with the ones that seem most likely to be

I didn't see anything obvious in those settings.

You might also try bringing up the "Web Console" immediately after the
failure, either by typing Ctrl-Shift-K or via the "Web Developer"
submenu of the "Tools" menu.  (Press and release 'Alt' by itself to show
the menu bar).  Any errors shown here may give you hints about which
settings above to fiddle with.

I haven't had a chance to investigate more yet, and I wouldn't have known where to start, but now I do, so thanks!

On Sun, 3 Nov 2019, Chris Marusich wrote:

I noticed a similar problem a few months ago.  It's still an issue.  I
looked into it at the time, but I never found a smoking gun.  I may very
well have missed something.  My hope is that by upgrading IceCat to a
later ESR release, the issue will go away.

I'm glad it's not just me :) I, too, had hoped that the new ESR would have solved the problem.

If you have a simple set of steps to reproduce the behavior, that would
be helpful.  I never found the time to create a simple reproduction case
for the issue I observed, which is why I never reported it.

Unfortunately, I don't have a minimal reproducer now, but did want to confirm that it was supposed to work before investigating.


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