Re: [PATCH] emacs: show: allow user to hide some mime types by default.

Subject: Re: [PATCH] emacs: show: allow user to hide some mime types by default.

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:26:43 -0500



From: Daniel Kahn Gillmor

On Fri 2015-01-23 02:21:41 -0500, David Edmondson wrote:
> Whilst I think that having this knob is a good thing, I don't think that
> it's a solution to the 'text/html renderers access the network'
> problem. I can't sensibly (and don't wish to) disable the display of
> text/html parts by default (colleagues generate too many text/html
> messages to make that feasible, and I have rss2imap generate a bunch of
> text/html messages that I want to see in their full glory), but would
> definitely like to choose whether a message can sell me out to
> advertisers.
> I'm trying to say that this is good, but let's not get into the habit of
> telling someone that complains about network access that adding
> text/html to `notmuch-show-always-hide-types' is the solution.

I agree with this sentiment.  I had been grousing earlier (off-list)
about rendering html messages in general (i don't like exposing
arbitrary attacker-delivered content to a complicated parser where i can
avoid it), so i see Mark's patch as a useful tool to prevent that
problem, not about remote network access during render.

preventing network access from html-rendered messages is better handled
in a workaround by (gnus-blocked-images "."), though notmuch should
enforce this setting by default when rendering html parts.