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Normalize 'ver' query param in script/style validation errors to prevent recurrence after accepted #1346

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@westonruter westonruter commented Aug 19, 2018

A validation error for an enqueued script can look like this:

    "code": "invalid_element",
    "node_attributes": {
        "src": "https://src.wordpress-develop.test/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets/google-translate/google-translate.js?ver=4.9.7-alpha-43298-src",
        "type": "text/javascript"
    "node_name": "script",
    "parent_name": "body"

In this case for the Google Translate widget in Jetpack, the script is enqueued without any ver and so it will re-use whatever the current WordPress version is. If this validation error gets marked as accepted, then the next time that core is updated, a brand new validation error will be reported because the ver change causes the fingerprint (md5 hash) of the validation error to change. This problem would also apply when the a plugin supplies a ver that corresponds to the plugin's actual version, as each time the plugin is updated any accepted validation errors for its scripts will then need to be re-accepted.

While a amp_validation_error filter could be used to strip the ver query param from the URLs in such validation errors, this normalization seems like something that should be the default behavior in the plugin. This plugin will replace any ver query param values with __normalized__.

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@hellofromtonya hellofromtonya commented Aug 19, 2018

Excellent catch @westonruter. You’re right. That will be a problem. To solve it, you are suggesting that we replace the variable value of the ver query param. That’s a solid solution.

There’s another edge case: when the version is made part of the URL as a directory or within the file name itself.

For this one, I don’t think there’s anything we can do. Why? There’s not a consistent pattern to parse for us to differentiate a valid URL vs. embedded version. Regardless, I wanted to note it for discussion.

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@westonruter westonruter commented Aug 19, 2018

@hellofromtonya That's good to note. That would be a problem in the Gutenberg edit post screen which includes asset URLs such as:

<script type='text/javascript' src='https://src.wordpress-develop.test/wp-content/plugins/gutenberg/vendor/react.832d746b.js'></script>
<script type='text/javascript' src='https://src.wordpress-develop.test/wp-content/plugins/gutenberg/vendor/react-dom.24169eaf.js'></script>
<script type='text/javascript' src='https://src.wordpress-develop.test/wp-content/plugins/gutenberg/vendor/lodash.2cfc2504.js'></script>

However, in the case of Gutenberg at least, these aren't ever enqueued on the frontend and so it wouldn't be a concern per se. It would be problematic if another plugin tried to enqueue them. But we could address that at a later time.

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@hellofromtonya hellofromtonya commented Aug 19, 2018

Right. Plus ones that enqueue:

@westonruter westonruter merged commit 274971c into develop Aug 19, 2018
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