[tor-dev] File verification GUI tool

Matt Pagan matt at pagan.io
Tue Sep 24 03:42:26 UTC 2013

On Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:59:23 -0400
Roger Dingledine <arma at mit.edu> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 05:45:36PM -0400, Sukhbir Singh wrote:
> > > I am starting to work on a small GUI tool for file verification
> > > because I find guiding users through the verification process on
> > > Windows/Mac through the command line painful.
> >
> > Just a thought: have you considered doing this through a Firefox
> > extension instead?
> It does seem like a Firefox extension is a better alternative. The
> "here's an executable you just fetched from the Internet, please run
> it" model is likely bad news, and also isn't the right habit to be
> teaching users.

If you go the browser extension route, there is a now defunct
Firefox add-on called FireGPG that implemented GnuPG in the web
browser. This add-on was discontinued in 2010 and it's primary focus
was encrypting and decrypting gmail messages. However, the software was
open source and the code is still available. If you decide to
implement this project as a browser extension, you might want to see if
there are any usable parts you can salvage from that rubble (there
might not be).

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