[tbb-bugs] #25078 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Change app.update.url to point to onion service

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#25078: Change app.update.url to point to onion service
 Reporter:  cypherpunks               |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  closed
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:  duplicate
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Changes (by gk):

 * status:  new => closed
 * resolution:   => duplicate


 Replying to [comment:2 teor]:
 > Replying to [ticket:25078 cypherpunks]:
 > > As of TBB 7.5, app.update.url points to https://aus1.torproject.org .
 Wouldn't it be more sensible for the Tor Project to point automatic
 updates of its software to services it operates ''inside'' of the Tor
 network that it maintains? Metrics could also benefit. The onion service
 of aus1 is listed on onion.torproject.org.
 > Downloads would be slower, and put more load on the network, because the
 torproject onion services are not single onion services. Migration is
 blocked on #21117.

 FWIW: `app.update.url` is responsible to fetch the update meta data which
 is just a plan XML file and pretty tiny compared to the actual update
 which is fetched from Fastly infrastructure. Thus, the extra
 load/additional latency would probably be not that high. That said, this
 is a duplicate of #17216.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/25078#comment:3>
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