[tbb-bugs] #30394 [Applications/Tor Browser]: NoScript should fail closed

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#30394: NoScript should fail closed
 Reporter:  cypherpunks               |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  enhancement               |         Status:  reopened
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:
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Comment (by gk):

 Replying to [comment:6 cypherpunks]:
 > Reopening as requested enhancement.
 > The current software is like an OS that opens all the TCP ports into a
 root shell, if the kernel firewall fails to load. No exaggeration: The
 browser runs executable code from untrusted network sites.
 > Tor Browser should start with `javascript.enabled` set to `false` by
 default, and only set it to `true` upon successful load of NoScript.
 > Thanks to other cypherpunks, ticket:30394#comment:4
 > In the rare event of NoScript failure, is better to have some users
 complain "why did the web break?" than expose ''all'' users to risk
 covered by a false sense of security.

 I doubt it would be just "some". But let's assume that for the sake of
 argument. If they'd just complain I'd be up for that idea at once.
 However, what I rather expect to happen is users just ditching Tor Browser
 as it is broken for them: they can't reach Google, Twitter etc. anymore
 and therefore can't check mails nor interact on social media. And thus,
 they will happily turn to a browser without Tor to reach their sites and
 boom!!! (This is _not_ happening for them with armagadd-on 2.0)

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30394#comment:10>
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