captive portal detection in Thunderbird

Siddharth Agarwal sid at mozillamessaging.com
Tue Jun 28 01:07:51 UTC 2011


On 27-06-2011 16:02, Bryan Clark wrote:
> Hey -
>
> I've been working on a Thunderbird add-on that tries to detect captive 
> portals <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_portal>.  For 
> Thunderbird (compared to Firefox) I think this is a fairly 
> straightforward problem to solve.  I wanted to talk a bit about my 
> solution to the problem and what issues still exist. I'm not sure if 
> this is something that could be merged into Thunderbird in the future 
> but I think that's a conversation that makes sense to have; it also 
> makes sense to have someone else write that code. ;-)

I think doing something like what Microsoft does to detect captive 
portals in Windows 7 is the sanest approach to the problem. See 
http://blog.superuser.com/2011/05/16/windows-7-network-awareness/ and 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=562917

I don't think the privacy implications to this are anything beyond those 
of displaying the Thunderbird start page.

- Sid
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