[tor-project] Notes from Tor Browser team meeting, 21 May 2018

Georg Koppen gk at torproject.org
Tue May 22 21:23:00 UTC 2018

Hi all!

Yesterday we had the newest edition of our weekly Tor Browser meeting.
The chat log can be found at:


The notes from the pad are:

Monday May 21, 2018
-Preparations for Mozilla's All Hands meeting?
  - What tjr has in mind:
     - Tor Product Discussion - mostly introduce the Uplift project and
SPB ideas to a Mozilla Product person
     - Fingerprinting / Tor Uplift - plan what Ethan and co should work
on first
     - Network Programming (probably?)
     - UI/UX meeting
     - Sandboxing
     - Mobile Direction - what is happening with Fennec
     - Mobile Programming: snorp, nalexander
     - WebRTC: Nils, Arthur, Richard
-Next meeting (28th is Memorial Day in the US)? Maybe on 29th same
place, same time? [GeKo: Yes; will send a mail to tbb-dev]

mcs and brade:
  Last week:
    - Revised the patches that we worked on for #25543 (Rebase Tor
Browser patches for ESR60) to account for GeKo's feedback.
    - Reviewed Matt's revised patch for #25750 (update Tor Launcher for
ESR 60).
    - Fixed #20890 (Increase connection timeout to avoid "Could not
connect to Tor control port" errors).
    - Contributed to the ongoing discussion in #25694 (Activity 3.1:
Improve the user experience of updating Tor Browser).
  This week:
    - We will be away from keyboard a lot but will do our best to
monitor IRC and email.
    - Follow up on any remaining ESR60 patch issues (#25543).

    Last week:
        -reviewed ESR60 tor-browser branch
        -reviewed #25750 (update Tor Launcher for ESR 60)
        -wrote a first patch for updating the macOS toolchain (finally,
we seem to be able to use an own cctools, see #9711)
        -started the esr52-esr60 network audit
        -closed some old and unused milestone on Trac; minor bug triage
        -wrote a patch to deal with Torbutton and Tor Launcher being
legacy extensions now (#26127)
        -tested whether the circuit display patch (#24309) works
"out-of-the-box" with ESR 60 (it does not! (surprise, I know)
        -prepared our authenticode signing to use SHA-256 as signing
hash algorithm (#18287)
    This week:
        -finish macOS toolchain for ESR 60
        -further progress in esr52-esr60 network audit
        -(MAR-)key creation
        -a bunch of reviews
        -getting ESR60-based nightly builds going [GeKo: the plan is to
give antonela as fast as possible ESR52-based bundles with patches for
#24309 and #23247 for user testing and getting the switch to ESR60-based
Linux nightlies done this week]

    Last week:
        - Worked on Tor Launcher patches (25750)
        - More TBA testing and rebasing onto 60 and 61
        - Orfox troubleshooting
    This week:
        - Finish TorLancher patches
        - Help igt0 debug Orfox crash
        - More TBA testing

    Last Week:
        - Tor Button for ESR60 (#26100)
        - Tried to bisect a crash in Orfox
    This Week:
        - Finish the Tor Button for ESR60
        - Reduce the website that makes Orfox crash removing the noise
and creating a simple test case.
        - Finish my presentation slides to the JSConf

    Last week:
        - made patches for:
            - #26059 (Use mar files from the signed directory when
generating incremental mars)
            - #26054 (Make sure to create incrementals from previously
signed MAR files)
        - updated patch for #16472 (updating binutils to 2.26.1) and
opened #26148 (updating to binutils > 2.26.1)
        - started reviewing #25832 (Enable pthread support for
mingw-w64) but need to use ESR60 to test it
        - worked on some ansible roles for testsuite VMs setup (#26149)
    This week:
        - fill upstream binutils ticket for #26148
        - look at #12968 (Specify HEASLR (High Entropy Address Space
Layout Randomization) in MinGW-w64)
        - review and test #25832 (Enable pthread support for mingw-w64),
#25894 and #25975 (get a rust compiler for Windows and macOS) or other
tickets needed for the switch to ESR60 in nightly builds
        - work on some ansible roles for testsuite VMs setup (#26149)


    Last week:

    - working implementation for #23247 (Communicating security
expectations for .onion)

    -no longer sick

    This week:

    - rebase patch for ESR60

 - MinGW: No significant outward progress from last week. Working on
cleaning up patches for landing and debugging last few issues.
 - Had discussions with people about All Hands Meetings


         Last Week:

    - Worked on https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/26073
with Arthur (patch tor-browser-build.git for Firefox 60 ESR)

    - RightsCon (Wed-Fri)

    This Week:

    - Wrap up #26073

    - Meeting with Hooman for #25483 (Snowflake Windows)


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