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InternalError: Too much recursion

Post by jdigital » Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:58 am

Downloading a Tableau workbook from Tableau Public generally results in infinite recursion, see attached screenshot showing modifyWindowOpenMethod from patchWindow.js. This happens with 11.2.8 and 11.2.9rc1.


Repro steps:
visit ... bage-patch
scroll down, click on one of the charts, such as the bar chart ("Frequency of Polymer Type")
at the bottom of the dashboard (the colored pane), there's a toolbar with icons.
click on the icon that looks like a download icon
in the popup list, select Tableau Workbook
in the popup dialog, click Download
generally this will produce the error condition seen in the screenshot

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Re: InternalError: Too much recursion

Post by Giorgio Maone » Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:08 pm

Investigating, thank you.
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Re: InternalError: Too much recursion

Post by skriptimaahinen » Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:26 pm

Was wondering if this would turn out to be a problem...

Since the patches should not be detectable (in theory), there is no practical way to tell if a window has been already patched. Which means the patch needs to be applied every time the window is accessed through the methods that need patching. Too many calls and the patches form a chain that Firefox will consider as infinite loop and throws an error.

Solution: WeakSet of the patched windows so a window can be tested if it has already been patched.

Caveat: This would prevent calling patchWindow separately for webgl, prefetchCSSResources and media. What is needed is separate function to "register" the patches and another to apply them as one patch.

I'll be posting the code later when I have tested it a bit.
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Re: InternalError: Too much recursion

Post by skriptimaahinen » Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:33 am


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"use strict";
 * Injects code into page context in a cross-browser way, providing it
 * with tools to wrap/patch the DOM and the JavaScript environment
 * and propagating the changes to child windows created on the fly in order
 * to prevent the modifications to be cancelled by hostile code.
 * @param function patchingCallback
 *        the (semi)privileged wrapping code to be injected.
 *        Warning: this is not to be considered a closure, since Chromium
 *        injection needs it to be reparsed out of context.
 *        Use the env argument to propagate parameters.
 *        It will be called as patchingCallback(unwrappedWindow, env).
 * @param object env
 *        a JSON-serializable object to made available to patchingCallback as
 *        its second argument*
 * @returns object port
 *        A Port object to be used to communicate with the privileged content
 *        script, by using port.postMessage(msg, [event]) and
 *        the port.onMessage(msg, event) user-defined callback.

const patches = [];

function patchWindow(patchingCallback, env = {}) {
  let eventId = this && this.eventId || `windowPatchMessages:${uuid()}`;
  let { dispatchEvent, addEventListener } = window;

  function Port(from, to) {
    // we need a double dispatching dance and maintaining a stack of
    // return values / thrown errors because Chromium seals the detail object
    // (on Firefox we could just append further properties to it...)
    let retStack = [];

    function fire(e, detail, target = window) {, new CustomEvent(`$eventId:$e`, {detail, composed: true}));
    this.postMessage = function(msg, target = window) {
      let detail = msg;
      fire(to, detail, target);
      let ret = retStack.pop();
      if (ret.error) throw ret.error;
      return ret.value;
    };, `$eventId:$from`, event => {
      if (typeof this.onMessage === "function" && event.detail) {
        let ret = {};
        try {
          ret.value = this.onMessage(event.detail.msg, event);
        } catch (error) {
          ret.error = error;
        fire(`return:$to`, ret);
    }, true);, `$eventId:return:$from`, event => {
      let detail = event;
      if (detail && retStack.length) {
       retStack[retStack.length -1] = detail;
    }, true);
    this.onMessage = null;
  let port = new Port("extension", "page");

  let nativeExport = this && this.exportFunction || typeof exportFunction == "function";
  if (!nativeExport) {
    // Chromium
    let exportFunction = (func, targetObject, {defineAs, original}) => {
      try {
        let  [propDef, getOrSet, propName] = defineAs && /^([gs]et)(?:\s+(\w+))$/.exec(defineAs) || [null, null, defineAs];
        let propDes = propName && Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(targetObject, propName);
        if (!original) original = propDef && propDes ? propDes[getOrSet] : targetObject[defineAs];

        let proxy = new Proxy(original, {
          apply(target, thisArg, args) {
            return func.apply(thisArg, args);
        if (propName) {
          if (!propDes) {
            targetObject[propName] = proxy;
          } else {
            if (getOrSet) {
              propDes[getOrSet] = proxy;
            } else {
              if ("value" in propDes) {
                propDes.value = proxy;
              } else {
                return exportFunction(() => proxy, targetObject, `get $propName`);
            Object.defineProperty(targetObject, propName, propDes);
        return proxy;
      } catch (e) {
        console.error(e, `setting $targetObject.${defineAs || original}`, func);
      return null;
    let cloneInto = (obj, targetObject) => {
      return obj; // dummy for assignment
    let script = document.createElement("script");
    script.text = `
    (() => {
      let patchWindow = $patchWindow;
      let cloneInto = $cloneInto;
      let exportFunction = $exportFunction;
      let env = ${JSON.stringify(env)};
      let eventId = ${JSON.stringify(eventId)};
      env.port = new ($Port)("page", "extension");
      }).patchWindow($patchingCallback, env);
    document.documentElement.insertBefore(script, document.documentElement.firstChild);
    return port;
  env.port = new Port("page", "extension");
  patches.push([patchingCallback, env]);
  return port;

function applyPatches() {
  const patchedWindows = new WeakSet();
  function modifyWindow(win, modifyTarget) {
    try {
      win = win.wrappedJSObject || win;
      if (patchedWindows.has(win)) return;

      modifyTarget.forEach(([callback, env]) => callback(win, env));
      modifyWindowOpenMethod(win, modifyTarget);
      modifyFramingElements(win, modifyTarget);
      // we don't need to modify win.opener, read skriptimaahinen notes
      // at
    } catch (e) {
      if (e instanceof DOMException && === "SecurityError") {
        // In case someone tries to access SOP restricted window.
        // We can just ignore this.
      } else throw e;

  function modifyWindowOpenMethod(win, modifyTarget) {
    let windowOpen =;
    exportFunction(function(...args) {
      let newWin =, ...args);
      if (newWin) modifyWindow(newWin, modifyTarget);
      return newWin;
    }, win, {defineAs: "open"});

  function modifyFramingElements(win, modifyTarget) {
    for (let property of ["contentWindow", "contentDocument"]) {
      for (let iface of ["Frame", "IFrame", "Object"]) {
        let proto = win[`HTML$ifaceElement`].prototype;
        modifyContentProperties(proto, property, modifyTarget)

  function modifyContentProperties(proto, property, modifyTarget) {
    let descriptor = Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(proto, property);
    let origGetter = descriptor.get;
    let replacementFn;

    if (property === "contentWindow") { replacementFn = function() {
      let win =;
      if (win) modifyWindow(win, modifyTarget);
      return win;
    if (property === "contentDocument") { replacementFn = function() {
      let document =;
      if (document && document.defaultView) modifyWindow(document.defaultView, modifyTarget);
      return document;

    descriptor.get = exportFunction(replacementFn, proto, {defineAs: `get $property`});
    Object.defineProperty(proto, property, descriptor);

  modifyWindow(window, patches);
Quick tour of the changes:


- Added const patches = []; at the beginning to store the patching callbacks and envs.

- patchWindow() is now used to "register" the callbacks (feel free to rename it more appropriately).

- Moved modifyWindow() and rest to the new applyPatches() and left patches.push([patchingCallback, env]); at the end of the patchWindow().

- modifyWindow() now takes an array of callbacks (and envs) and loops through them.

Needed a way to run applyPatches() after all the patchWindow() calls were done. This seems to do the trick:

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ns.on("after_capabilities", event => {
Which I positioned at the end of content.js but that should matter little. Feel free to put in more appropriate file.

Also need to actually fire the event after "capabilities" have fired, so...

staticNS.js: 113

Code: Select all"capabilities");"after_capabilities");
Might also want to encapsulate the patchWindow.js a bit so that the patches don't collide with anything.

Plus reminding that this viewtopic.php?f=10&t=26316#p103952 needs to be rolled back as it breaks things unless there is a compelling reason not to.
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