Debug Native Messaging

Prelude Last month, an Enterprise customer reached out to report that a 3rd-party browser extension they use wasn’t working properly. Investigation of the extension revealed that the browser extension relied upon a NativeMessaging Host (NMH) companion that runs outside of the browser’s sandbox. In reviewing a Process Monitor log provided by the customer, the SupportContinue reading “Debug Native Messaging”

Web-to-App Communication: The Native Messaging API

Note: This post is part of a series about Web-to-App Communication techniques. One of the most powerful mechanisms for Web-to-App and App-To-Web communication is to use an extension that utilizes the NativeMessaging API. The NativeMessaging API allows an extension running inside the browser to exchange messages with a native-code “Host” executable running outside of the browserContinue reading “Web-to-App Communication: The Native Messaging API”

Useful Resources when Developing Chrome Extensions

I’ve built a handful of Chrome extensions this year, and I wrote up some of what I learned in a post back in March. Since then, I’ve found two more tricks that have proved useful. First, the Chrome Canary channel includes a handy extension error console to quickly expose extension errors. Update: This feature is nowContinue reading “Useful Resources when Developing Chrome Extensions”

Building the moarTLS Analyzer

I’m passionate about building tools that help developers and testers discover, analyze, and fix problems with their sites. Some of the first code I ever released was a set of trivial JavaScript-based browser extensions for IE5. I later used the more powerful COM-based extensibility model to hack together some add-ons that would log ActiveX controlsContinue reading “Building the moarTLS Analyzer”