Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

#11817 closed defect (fixed)

Avoid sending browser startup time information to Mozilla

Reported by: mikeperry Owned by: mikeperry
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Firefox Patch Issues Version:
Severity: Keywords: MikePerry201405, tbb-pref
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Description (last modified by mikeperry)

In https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2014-May/032889.html, someone suggested disabling the addon metadata queries to Mozilla. The data doesn't seem that harmful (they don't mention tying it to a unique identifier or cookies) but I guess we might as well disable it. I don't like the fact that it sends browser startup time at least. That should be part of Telemetry, not addon metadata retrieval.

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/how-to-opt-out-of-add-on-metadata-updates/

The pref is extensions.getAddons.cache.enabled -> false.

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Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by mikeperry

Description: modified (diff)

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by mikeperry

Summary: Avoid querying addon metadata in TBBAvoid sending browser startup time information to Mozilla

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by cypherpunks

Are there any other feature connecting in the background? I thought there wouldn't be any already. Every connection, even if looks harmless, could be an additional attack factor or fingerprintability issue in many types of ways. Better minimize them all.

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by mikeperry

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

This pref was set in TBB 3.6.1.

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