[tor-reports] Pearl Crescent Report – July 2015

Mark Smith mcs at pearlcrescent.com
Fri Jul 31 21:36:30 UTC 2015

Tor-related work completed by the Pearl Crescent team in July 2015
(Kathy Brade and Mark Smith):

* Tor Browser Updater:

We spent some time testing the updater to ensure that it will work 
correctly in TB 5.0, including with automatic updates enabled.  Related 

   "Turn on the background autoupdater"

   "Check for Updates menu item can cause update failure"

We also fixed the following updater-related ticket:
   Avoid writing to the Windows registry for "in use" files

* Tor Browser and Torbutton:

This month, we put additional effort into preparing patches and fixing 
issues for Tor Browser 5.0.  One of our most time consuming tasks was to 
fix another SVG-related crash (SVG is disabled when the Security Slider 
is set to the "High" position):

   "Tor Browser 5.0a3 crashes with security level set to 'High'"

We also worked on several other tickets.  A few highlights:

   "Closely review all uses of IsCallerChrome()"

   "non-en-US Tor Browser bundles still contain Firefox logo
    and "Firefox ESR" on about-Tor Browser-window"

   "Allow SVG for extensions, even on 'high' security level"

Finally, we reviewed other people's patches, including for tickets 
#16316, #16429, #16523, #16528, and Mozilla bug #232227.

* Tor Launcher:  No activity this month.

* Miscellaneous Activities:
    We participated in the weekly Tor Applications team meetings on IRC
    and in various design discussions on IRC and on the mailing lists.

* Planned for August:
     - Help ship Tor Browser 5.0a5 and 5.0 stable, and help fix any
       issues that occur after release.

     - Improve updater usability.  This ticket might be a good place
       to start:
          "After update, load a static tab with change notes"

     - Scope out the work to make Tor Browser Unix Domain Socket aware.
       See https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/14270

     - Work on Tor Browser, Tor Launcher, and Torbutton usability
       issues as time permits.

Mark Smith
Pearl Crescent

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