[Enigmail] key management repetitive behaviour

Patrick Brunschwig patrick at enigmail.net
Thu Mar 12 18:26:13 CET 2015


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On 12.03.15 18:13, Philip Jackson wrote:
> In enigmail's key manager,
> 
> 1. select someone else's public key (one which has a photoID) 2.
> view the key properties 3. click 'select action' and select photoID
> - photoID is displayed 4. In photoID display box, click 'View key
> properties' - key properties is displayed
> 
> 5. repeat steps 3 and 4 (possibly ad infinitum ?) and build up a
> stack of superposed photoID and key properties boxes.
> 
> This doesn't appear to be the best display philosophy although it
> doesn't represent any security threat.

Yes, I'm aware of this - you're certainly right that this is sub-optimal
.

> Would it be possible to grey out the 'Key Properties' button in the
> photoID box if the key properties box is already open (and vice
> versa, if you see what I mean) ?

I'm aware of it for many years. It's interesting though that it took
so long until someone else points to this. But I honestly don't think
it's a big issue.

To the content: it goes further than what just the 2 dialogs you
mention. You can do the same with "View Signatures" (and possibly
other dialogs). You can thus create a "loop" of at least 3 different
types of dialogs, which makes things a lot more complex. The easiest
solution would be to switch from modal dialogs to non-modal dialogs
(and then just "jump" back to the already open window). But I'm not
sure if that's a good idea either.

- -Patrick


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