[tbb-bugs] #20814 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Pick a more accurate name for the "hardened" Tor Browser

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Tue Apr 11 16:10:09 UTC 2017

#20814: Pick a more accurate name for the "hardened" Tor Browser
 Reporter:  arma                      |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  TorBrowserTeam201704      |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by mcs):

 Replying to [comment:14 boklm]:
 > Yes, I think we can point to the alpha version in the XML files in the
 hardened channel. One thing I am not sure how to do is changing the
 channel configuration in the browser (the `app.update.channel` pref). If I
 remember correctly, just pointing to an update in an other channel will
 not change the channel the user is following (but maybe I'm wrong). Maybe
 mcs and brade have an idea how to do that.

 As things stand today, the update channel will be preserved. This is
 because the mar file generation process generates `add-if-not`
 instructions for the `channel-prefs.js` file, which is where the
 `app.update.channel` pref value comes from (and add-if-not will prevent
 the updater from overwritin an existing file). We should find out how
 Mozilla transitioned the WinXP users from the release channel to esr in
 the Firefox 52 timeframe and so something similar if possible.

 > If we can't change that easily adding a redirect from the hardened
 channel URLs to the alpha channel is an other option, but it is annoying
 to have to keep this redirect for an unlimited time.


Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/20814#comment:16>
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