[tbb-bugs] #17248 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Investigate new WebExtensions API requirements for our extensions

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#17248: Investigate new WebExtensions API requirements for our extensions
 Reporter:  gk                        |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  task                      |         Status:  closed
 Priority:  High                      |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:  fixed
 Keywords:  TorBrowserTeam201512      |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by tom):

 So while I agree with Yawning to some respects for future endeavors and
 improvements, after talking with some Add-On/WebExtension folks I think
 the path forward for Tor Launcher is simple - we don't _have_ to do
 anything. We don't _have_ to port these to WebExtensions, as 'legacy' add-
 ons will live on as Privileged Add-Ons. Mozilla will require special
 signatures for Privileged Add-Ons, but the capability to use them will
 live on - possibly indefinitely but certainly for 59.

 Tor Browser will need to sign our extensions as these privileged add-ons,
 using a key we bake into Tor Browser; but it's certainly easier than doing
 anything else.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/17248#comment:16>
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