API for nsICaptivePortalService

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Valentin Gosu

Sep 9, 2014, 7:27:16 PM9/9/14
to dev-tech-network, Patrick McManus, Jason Duell, Daniel Stenberg

I'm currently working on a service in Necko to detect whenever the browser
is on a network with a captive portal.
I've gathered some info at [1] and I'm going to use
nsICaptivePortalDetector (which is currently used in FirefoxOS, and managed
by gonk/NetworkManager [2]) to implement the service in Bug 1048131.

I'm trying to figure out the API that Gecko consumers would need to query
and/or be notified of changes to the state of captive-portal.

I have identified 4 ways to get the captive portal status:
1. sync - just check the isCaptive attribute - may return a stale result
2. async - the service calls a callback ASAP with the captive-portal state
3. captive notification - register a callback, which the service calls once
it detects a captive portal
4. not-captive notification - register a callback, which gets called once
the captive portal goes away ( assumes we are currently in a captive portal

How it would work:
The polling mode of the servicce makes a request every _interval_ seconds
to a predefined URL, and checks against the expected result. This updates
the isCaptive attribute that can be checked.
The async way would make the same request, and return the status.

I expect registering a callback to be called whenever we encounter a
captive portal( or exit one), would be especially useful, but I'm not sure
if that's always safe - We would be holding a reference to the object
implementing the callback for a long time possibly.

Another feature would be the recheckCaptivePortal method, which is called
from different components in Gecko, when an event occurs that might signify
we are in a captive portal (511 redirect, or redirect to local address),
and would trigger a recheck of the captive-portal status.

My WIP patch provides the following interface.
Let me know if there are important features missing, or if some of them are
not needed.

[scriptable, uuid(b5fd5629-d04c-4138-9529-9311f291ecd4)]
interface nsICaptivePortalServiceCallback : nsISupports
* Invoke callbacks after captive portal detection finished.
void complete(in long status, in nsresult error);

* Service used for captive portal detection.
[scriptable, uuid(bdbe0555-fc3d-4f7b-9205-c309ceb2d641)]
interface nsICaptivePortalService : nsISupports
void initialize();
void start(); // starts polling
void stop(); // stops polling

void checkCaptive(in nsICaptivePortalServiceCallback callback);
void registerCaptiveCallback(in nsICaptivePortalServiceCallback
void registerNotCaptiveCallback(in nsICaptivePortalServiceCallback
// an event has occured that might suggest a captive portal is active
void recheckCaptivePortal(in long reason);

readonly attribute boolean isCaptive;
attribute uint32_t interval;

[1] https://wiki.mozilla.org/Necko/CaptivePortal

Daniel Stenberg

Sep 12, 2014, 3:59:35 AM9/12/14
to Valentin Gosu, dev-tech-network, Patrick McManus, Jason Duell
On Wed, 10 Sep 2014, Valentin Gosu wrote:

> I'm trying to figure out the API that Gecko consumers would need to query
> and/or be notified of changes to the state of captive-portal.

Thanks for this Valentin. From my angle, I'm interested in how to combine this
with my 939318 work to react on network changes. A captive portal "lowering
the gate" (like after enterring the credentials in your hotel room) I figure
is pretty much a network change - it probably needs exactly the same "refresh"


/ daniel.haxx.se
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