[tbb-bugs] #21779 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Non-admin users can't access Tor Browser on macOS

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#21779: Non-admin users can't access Tor Browser on macOS
     Reporter:  teor                      |      Owner:  tbb-team
         Type:  defect                    |     Status:  new
     Priority:  Medium                    |  Milestone:
    Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |    Version:
     Severity:  Normal                    |   Keywords:
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 The TorBrowser.app directory is distributed in the macOS disk image with
 permissions set to 0750. When it is copied to /Applications, the Finder
 sets the user to the admin user that did the copy, and the group to

 This means that non-admin users can't read or execute Tor Browser.

 Historically, this was a feature, because potentially sensitive Tor
 Browser data was stored in the application bundle. But now that data is
 stored in ~/Library/Application Support or next to the app, it's a bug.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/21779>
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