Support recovery of path (filename, wildcards)

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Binky
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Support recovery of path (filename, wildcards)

Post by Binky » Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:16 pm

I would like to recover changes for Firefox bookmarks and/or preferences (Options settings, NoScript whitelist, etc.) when I make the changes to each, while deleting changes made by malware. I would also like to make Sandboxie usable for non-technical users who share my PC.

Today, Sandboxie supports:
(1) OpenFilePath for bookmarks (file and backup folder) and preferences (prefs.js file), which is 100% convenient, 100% usable, 0% security.
(2) RecoverFolder for the entire Firefox profile folder, which is 10% convenient, 10% usable, 100% security.
My tests indicate RecoverFolder supports %Tmpl.Firefox% in the specification.

I use option (2) today. I see about 20 files changed in the Firefox profile folder that I never want to recover or see. When I update a bookmark, I have to remember to recover places.sqlite and the bookmarkbackups subfolder. Non-technical users may get frustrated with the large list and forgetting which file does what, so they may get in the habit of recovering all files.

I request that Sandboxie supports a new Sandboxie.ini setting, called something like RecoverPath. It would allow wildcards like OpenFilePath. This would allow me to see and recover just the files I want.

To improve usability, I also request that the new setting supports a comment field, which is displayed in Quick Recovery next to files matching the path specification. For example, the comment for places.sqlite could be "Bookmarks and history".

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Post by tzuk » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:03 am

I am making a note of your feature request, but at the same time, here are some other ideas:

Option 3, putting your bookmarks on the Internet.

Option 4, which is my favorite (pun intended), and that is to use the PlainOldFavorites add-on to work around the Firefox all-in-one-file bookmarks system.
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Post by Binky » Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:30 pm

I wouldn't request a feature that only benefits me. I hope it is clear that a new RecoverPath setting (supporting wildcards) would give Sandboxie more surgical precision to achieve behavior desired by many users. In other words, to strike a better balance between security and convenience/usability.

Thank you tzuk for suggestions to help me. I feel uncomfortable putting my financial passwords on an internet server. As your banner reads "Trust No Program".

I see security and synchronization benefits to using the PlainOldFavorites add-on, even though it sacrifices many features of Firefox's built-in bookmarks. I investigated how to export Firefox bookmarks to Favorites format, and I found that I could use HTML format as an intermediary format for exporting from Firefox and importing into IE. PlainOldFavorites at addons.mozilla.org has user complaints that doesn't work with the latest Firefox. I tried installing the v1.1 beta from the author's website, but it didn't work at all on my Win7 x64 PC. Thus, PlainOldFavorites looks like a path to suffering...

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Post by tzuk » Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:15 pm

Well, as they say, "your mileage may vary." I find PlainOldFavorites very useful so I thought to suggest it as one more option to consider.
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