[snap] cannot use shared NSS db

Bug #1859643 reported by Olivier Tilloy on 2020-01-14
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chromium-browser (Ubuntu)
Olivier Tilloy

Bug Description

(initially reported at https://askubuntu.com/questions/1202861/chromium-does-not-show-certificates-from-pki-nssdb)

Chromium can theoretically use the shared NSS db at ~/.pki/nssdb, but the snap confinement prevents it from actually using the shared db (it reads and writes to $SNAP/.pki/nssdb instead).

Shared certificates can be inspected by browsing to chrome://settings/certificates.

Really accessing the shared db would require an additional read/write personal-files plug on $HOME/.pki/nssdb, and patching GetDefaultConfigDirectory() in crypto/nss_util.cc.

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