Bug 102350 - Metacity gives window focus blindly to new windows
Metacity gives window focus blindly to new windows
Product: Red Hat Linux Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: metacity (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
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Reported: 2003-08-14 04:33 EDT by Alan Cox
Modified: 2007-03-27 00:08 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-08-14 10:09:58 EDT
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Description Alan Cox 2003-08-14 04:33:40 EDT
Description of problem:

Start typing private data into any application, observe what happens when an IM
client, web browser dialog prompt or similar pops up. Type Red Hat bugzilla
password into IM client by mistake.

It isnt safe for a window mnanager (especially one supposedly 'safe' for end
users) to go around doing this. In the mouse-over focus case there isnt a lot
you really do about it I agree but in click-to fpocus (the end user norm) it can be.

I also know about "secure" mode in xterm, whooppeee, no other app uses it and no
app has the context to know its needed. No basic end user knows about it either.
Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2003-08-14 10:09:58 EDT
The relevant bug is http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=118372

See wm-spec-list for the details. We can use startup notification and 
the new hint to get this right.

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