[tor-talk] Including Adblock to TBB to save bandwith
griffin at cryptolab.net
Sat Dec 20 16:15:05 UTC 2014
Greg Norcie wrote:
> Also, from a less philosophical POV, adding any add-ons increases
> attack surface.
Yeah. Aside from all of the other legitimate reasons why to not
bundle an ad blocker with TBB, this is also a large amount of code (and
filtering rules) that are maintained by an outside entity. Which makes
a pretty decent attack vector.
And also, if you are a filter/autoblocker/adblock/etc, you're
deferring to someone else's judgment about what you should be able to
see or read. I say that as a user of adblock who is okay with the
tradeoffs (and I whitelist ads on my favorite ad-supported sites).
I'd be curious about the pros/cons of bundling in something like
Privacy Badger, which has a bit of a different approach than things like
Adblock Plus. But this still goes back to the obvious "blob of outside
code" and filtering issues that adblock et al have. I think the best
answer goes back to user choice -- users can add these and other
extensions if they'd like, but Tor's software is designed to help bypass
filters, so baking in filters feels like a step back.
"The apparent safety of modern life is just a shallow skin atop
an ocean of blood, guts and bricked devices."
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