[tor-project] Tor Browser team meeting notes, 22 Jan 2018

Georg Koppen gk at torproject.org
Tue Jan 23 16:39:00 UTC 2018

Hi all!

We had the weekly Tor Browser meeting yesterday in #tor-meeting. Here is
the meeting transcript:


And the notes from the pad are:

Monday, January 22, 2018

    What to do about the Mozilla team meeting Wens nights

    Worth making a separate one? Probably can just use this one for now.

    GSOC Projects?

    tjr intends to keep the Crash Reporter one up; but took down the
'Making Tor Browser faster' one

    Will ask Shari for cloud resources if we get anyone


    Spectre Stuff

    I'm working on Timer stuff, taking a lot of my time

    Moz intends to pursue Fuzzyfox, might land (off or on) somewhere in
the post-60 timeframe.

    JIT Mitigations landing in 59: children of


    Going to try and get back in front of this for 60.

    Beginning with Sandbox uplift, children of
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1230910 for tracking

    Also trying to uplift these all the way to chromium

    Besides Sandbox, what is and is not high-priority for me to uplift
in 60 for build stuff?

    Yes: Get the #&$(@& thing running:

    Yes but not me: Stylo

    Yes: x64 Patches


    Any others?

    https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor-browser.git/patch/?id=ba9e5d6 <-
don't need this

    Yes: Fix the TaskCluster integration on not-central-trees

    Ideally: jemalloc https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1420350

    Ideally: x64 in Task cluster

    No: WebRTC

    Discussed Rome in the Sandboxing meeting

    Related/Unrelated, the timeframe for
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1322426 WAS 'Behind a pref
in 61, enable for release in 63' but is now "This will not be happening
in the near term, due to staffing changes.  It’s not yet clear when or
if this will occur."

    Will need to re-triage Mozilla bugs and plans =(

    Have a lot of 'For 60' things to work on, so if you have some of
those yourself, please let me know.

    My intention is to search for the whiteboard tags [tor OR
fingerprinting which gives this list:


mcs and brade:
    Last week:
        - Reviewed Android Torbutton and Tor Launcher proposals and
replied on the tbb-dev "Tor Button Proposal" thread.
        - Found the root cause and proposed a fix for #24421
(Temporarily allow all this page and New Identity).
        - Posted patches for #21850 (Update about:tbupdate patch for e10s)
    Planned for this week:
        - If there is anything we can do to help, assist Matt with
#24432 (meek/Moat tunnel) .
        - After #24432 is fixed, test and put the Tor Launcher Moat
integration code out for review.
        - Work on #24578 (about:tbupdate popup notification formatting
        - Work on #24159 (The Torbutton version check does not deal
properly with platform specific checks).
        - Triage the Tor Launcher bug list (set priorities, close
outdated tickets).

    Last week:
        - Moved Tor Button to the browser/extension folder (build
system, add files to allowed dupe)
        - Migrated the chrome.manifest to use jar.mn
        - Added Tor Button in the tor button mobile omni.jar
        - Updated the Tor Button Proposal
    This Week:
        - Verify why torbutton-logger is not printing debug messages in
the console (mobile)
        - Update the overlay components to work in the mobile browser
when needed. (about:addons, extensions, about:tbupdate[maybe not needed,
Android has its own thing about updates])
    (the work is being made here:

    Last week:
        - helped with building the new releases
        - made some patches for #24924, #24931
        - opened #24921 to create https://nightlies.tbb.torproject.org/
    This week:
        - publish the new releases
        - finish fpcentral setup/integration in testsuite to be able to
close all fpcentral tickets
        - enable testsuite on nightly builds and fix any issue in the tests

   Last Week:
       - Opened some tickets for Tor Browser for Android (TBA), based on
Orfox bugs
       - Re-wrote some Orfox commits
       - Wrote a revised TorLauncher proposal
       - Started looking at Moat
       - Ran into some problems during Orfox rebase
       - Investigated Firefox preferences parsing
  This week:
      - Finishing Orfox/TBA branch with squashed/rebase/rewritten patches
      - Investigating why a couple firefox prefs are not overwritten:
          - On desktop, app.update.staging.enabled is not set correctly
          - On mobile, browser.casting.enabled is not set correct
    - Probably look more at Moat server-side


    Last Week:

    - Posted a 'fix' for #15599 (by fix I mean it just disables the
broken feature)

    - Started work on #22794, synced with Yawning

    - made travel plans for Rome

    - got setup with mozilla testing TryServer

    This Week:

    - Get ae patch up for #22794

    - JURY DUTY Wednesday -> Friday


    Last Week:

    - Worked on rebasing to mozilla-central and nightly rebase. Getting

    - Worked https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/22343 (Save As)

    - Here's my proposed list of bugs to work on for uplift:
https://mzl.la/2E1eVn2 (Deadline, roughly March 12)

    This Week:

    - Continue on rebasing

    - Try to rebase #22343

    - Work on uplifting patches

    - Look at https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/24918

    Last Week
        - release preparations and working on the Tor Browser design doc
    This Week
        - finish the design doc update and work on the toolbar and
security indicator improvements proposal

    2 months extension for sponsor4
    sponsor8 Q4 report - I will probably ping some mobile folks and geko
to make sure I collected all the tickets etc
    antonela did user testing in India! o/ Tor Launcher new UI (tested
text interpretation of our new copy) and .onion http/https states icons
comprehension - will share more soon
    also want to check if arthur/geko can meet about tor circuit
(probably next week)
    ux team will help with the blog post for the release - add stuff
about the Tor Launcher new UI


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