Re: Chrome Remote Desktop Support for GNOME/Wayland

Hello Salman,

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Christopher Davis

On Tue, Jan 25 2022 at 04:30:26 PM +0000, S . via desktop-devel-list <desktop-devel-list gnome org> wrote:
Hi All,

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I am looking into supporting CRD for GNOME/wayland. CRD would be leveraging remote desktop APIs (along with screencast) as exposed by xdg-desktop-portal{,-gnome}. While experimenting with remote desktop APIs, I see that for enhanced security, an interactive dialog (relevant code: is always presented to the user to select sources/devices they want to allow to be remote controlled. Though this workflow would make perfect sense when a user is directly connected to the machine and is allowing someone remote to take control (e.g. to get help from IT) but it is less than ideal for a user who is trying to access their own machine remotely (e.g. accessing their work computer from home).

I would like to hear ideas from the GNOME community about how to best support the latter use case for remote desktop. Is there a secure way to bypass the dialog/prompt selectively for apps? There seems to be recent support for restoring the capture streams (if persistence was demanded previously by the user) using flatpak permission store: but remembering streams for remote desktop session is explicitly disallowed in the portal frontend ( -- though this doesn't seem to be GNOME specific). Is it reasonable to extend the stream restoration support to work for remote desktop sessions as well as pre-populating the permission store to allow remote desktop session (so that user intervention can be avoided)? Also, would pre-populating the permission store work for system installation of CRD or would only work for flatpak/sandboxed version of the app?

Looking at how other software/systems are supporting screen capture/remote desktop, we see wlroots/sway allows for configuring the output screen to capture in a config file ( I believe Windows.Graphics.Capture APIs can also allow Win32 apps to capture a window/screen without user interaction.

Would love to hear thoughts from the community about the best way forward.


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