Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 986373
The same HTTP authed site accessed from 2+ windows leads to a single auth dialog pertaining to single window, other accesses behave misleadingly
Last modified: 2013-08-29 07:06:29 EDT
Just happened to me and lead me to think that the site in question
is down... "Behaves misleadingly" in the summary means that such access
will be loading infinitely until the auth dialog that belongs to the
other Firefox window (and blocking it as it is modal) is proceeded.
Thanks to being modal, this is not the case with a single window
(the dialog won't let you do anything else), but the problem emerges
with more windows.
I would expect the tabs at the other windows (i.e., the ones that
does not own the auth dialog but are blocked by the one existing
at the other window) to either bring the original dialog to front
(preferred) or at least display something like "HTTP authentication
pending", not to present infinite page load misleading the user to
think there is something wrong with the site.
This should be even greater concern if auth dialog is not window-modal
(current state) but rather tab-modal . One could then get lost about
what is going on with the infinite load even with a single window
This was with firefox-22.0-1.fc18.x86_64, but I don't expect any change
towards more recent releases in this regard.
I expect that globally modal dialog (i.e., atop all FF windows)
-- also a possible solution -- would clash with the mentioned
heading towards tab-modal dialog.
Sidenote: having more windows opened was not desired, but a consequence
of equally annoying bug  and extension  seems to be of no help;
probably because I am using TreeStyleTab and bug489729 extension
declared incompatibility with that, unfortunately.
Let's track it upstream.