[tor-project] Tor Browser team meeting notes, 3 September 2019

Georg Koppen gk at torproject.org
Wed Sep 4 11:47:00 UTC 2019


We held our weekly Tor Browser sync yesterday in #tor-meeting as usual.
The log can be found at:


The notes from the pad are:

    [tjr] We currently have a team IRC highlight for 'tbb-team'. I
recently joined #tor-bots and get regular highlights there for the owner
changing to tbb-team.
           Is this a mild annoyance to anyone else? If so, I know
renaming trac accounts is not possible, but maybe in gitlab we could
have a different name for
           the account; or try to migrate our highlight?  (Or maybe the
answer is "Yes it's not ideal, but it's not worth changing.")

     Last week:
         - release preparation for 8.5.5 and 9.0a6
         - built release candidates for both series
         - signed the 8.5.5 bundles
         - reviewed loads of patches to get 9.0a6 into alpha shape (it
seems we managed to do so!)
         - helped pili with time estimations for tickets and roadmapping
for September
         - staring at Windows reproducibility issue (#31538)
         - helped with diagnosing Windows updater issue (#31567) (thanks
to pospeselr for stepping up and diagnosing the issue)
         - provided patches to smaller issues (#30800, #27493
         - filed already a number of issues against our ESR 68-based Tor
     This week:
         - help with getting the releases out
         - continue to work on #31538
         - macOS notarization? (GeKo will chat with mcs/brade after the
         - reviews
         - monthly reports (I'll combine July and August)

mcs and brade:
    Last week:
        - #30126 (Make Tor Browser on macOS compatible with Apple's
            - Added a comment to the ticket that lists the remaining
things that we need.
        - #29430 (Use uTLS for meek TLS camouflage in Tor Browser).
            - create Torbutton patch to avoid breaking circuit display.
        - #30429 (ESR 68 Rebase).
            - tested the updater on Windows.
            - created and helped with #31567 (NS_tsnprintf() does not
handle %s correctly on Windows).
        - Discussed recent Mozilla updater security fix patches with gk.
        - Started to look at #31457 (disable per-installation profiles).
     This week/upcoming:
        - #31457 (disable per-installation profiles).
        - Work on other tbb-9.0-must-alpha tickets as time permits,
            e.g., #31491 (clean up the old meek http helper browser
        - More ESR68 updater testing.
        - We will be away from keyboard this Thursday and Friday
(September 5th and 6th).
        - As we mentioned at the dev meeting, we have vacation planned
for the week of September 23rd.

 - Some minor build uplifts to esr 68
 - There is a path forward on the wasm for extensions thing:
 - Currently pretty far behind on things

     Last Week:
     - #31567 investigation (printf fun)
     - #31548 (verify mingw HEAD builds ff with working screen reader
     - #31286 work:
         - finished prototype UX, sent review build to antonela
         - started work to wire tor-launcher code into new
about:preferences configuration
     This Week:
         - make a test Linux build with bridge UX for y'all to review
         - labor day off
         - SF for browser privacy meet-up


            Last week:

                    - Fixed #31396 - Communication with noscript for
security settings not working in nightlies

                    - Reviewed latest #31010 changes.

                    - Fixed some esr68 tbb-9.0-must-alpha bugs.

                    - Investigated onboarding regressions (#28822).

            This week:

                    - Fix onboarding regressions + address review
comments (#28822).

                    - #26345 - Disable tracking protection UI in FF67-esr

                    - #31562  - The circuit display is not visible on
error pages in Tor Browser based on ESR68

                    - #31575  - Firefox is phoning home during start-up
in Tor Browser based on ESR 68

                    - #30662 - Make sure about:newtab is blank

                    - #31601 - Don't let Mozilla recommend extensions again

                    - Maybe others tbb-9.0-must-alpha

     Last week:
         - Reviewed mingw-w64-clang patches (#28716, #28238)
         - Made patch for #30384 (Use 64bit containers to build 32bit
Windows Tor Browser)
         - Made small patches for #31606 (Update website update
instructions in Tor Browser release process)
         - Helped with new releases build
         - Started looking at #31448 (gold and lld break linking 32bit
Linux bundles we need to resort to bfd)
         - Looked a little at #31564 (Android bundles based on ESR 68
are not built reproducibly anymore)
         - Commented on #28942 (Evaluate pion WebRTC) and #28325 (Use go
1.11 module versioning support)
         - Reviewed #31264 (tar.gz output files contain non-reproducible
    This week:
        - Finish publishing new releases
        - Investigate #31448 (gold and lld break linking 32bit Linux
bundles we need to resort to bfd)
        - Review #30334 (build_go_lib for executables)
        - Other tbb-9.0-must-alpha toolchain tickets: #29013
        - Review #31596 (Bump mingw-w64 version to pick up fix for #31567)

    Last week:
        - OTF Browser Proposal
        - September Roadmap and estimations
    This week:
        - Final Orfox update!!

  - #31568: Creating grade dependencies - determined cause of multiple
artifact entries (proposed solution but needs to be implemented)
  - #30461: Update tor-android-service: redid config/build to use older
version of project until we get latest updates merged into tor repo
  - #31293 - found that adding JVM settings overrides the no-daemon flag
for gradle. This causes network interface failures in some build
  - #31564 - Reproducibility - tried various solutions, including
upgrading, downgrading gradle plugin. All caused failures of Firefox build
  - Various Changes to Firefox build to get it building with full set of
This week:
  - For reproducibility - try downloading google source and see if we
can patch it.
  - Fix for #31568


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