[tbb-dev] A few notes from things I've seen

Jonathan Haack oemb1905 at jonathanhaack.com
Wed Jan 4 00:26:01 UTC 2017



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> On Jan 3, 2017, at 1:14 PM, Tom Ritter <tom at ritter.vg> wrote:
> [[If anyone finds this helpful or useful please say so I'll continue
> to keep an eye out and continue this vein, otherwise I'll assume
> everyone follows the same news sources I do.]]
> mac x86/x86-64 has gone away, and it is now only x86-64:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/XwUrL4d9Rf0
> Fennec now has Chromecast/casting stuff on by default. I'd suggest
> this should be disabled but that it should also be investigated at
> some point to see if it's doesn't enable proxy bypasses and might be
> able to be enabled at the lowest slider level.
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/Q-dSrp4PYe4
> Eventually coming will be OpenType Variation Fonts:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/_FacI6Aw2BQ
> I don't know anything about these specifically, although I'm sure
> there's font fingerprinting concerns and general font security
> concerns.
> MediaError:message attribute is being turned on by default:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/CKTzq7rF50o
> This looks like something that could be used to fingerprint users!
> Installing multiple XPIs simultaneously may be going away:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/om5BrXM-Gb8
> I don't think this should affect TBB...
> Eventually planning on writing some Private Browsing mode data to
> disk: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/Js-pI-6dSQA
> There's a NetworkInformation API that got some discussion:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/lCZmhCDGHPY
> It's basically as horrible as one would expect, but fortunately
> several people raised concerns. Still is important to keep an eye on
> as it seems eventually it will need to be turned off or hardcoded.
> GCC 4.9 is now required to build Linux/Android:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/QgxoSzTcp1M
> clang-cl has become a tier 2 compiler:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/JzHt3ykIfHg
> I hope to get mingw to tier-2 status also.
> There's this new (or maybe old?) thing called compact themes:
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1314091
> There are a few features that are brand-new but not known to be
> dangerous. It's just 'new code'. I'm not sure if there's any appetite
> to disable these sorts of features at the medium or high security
> level for a time before enabling them.
> CSS Grid: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/6shk3TZX5vo
> CSS Mask Image:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/15nssyOe1gc
> Selection::setBaseAndExtent()
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/YdFwg3VpGMg
> (no pref for this)
> html5 dialog element:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/vTPGW1aJq24
> CSS display:flow-root
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/bG9Kpgr5LC4
> CSS caret-color:
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/lOpCwCMIWwo
> (no pref)
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