Opened 5 months ago

Last modified 4 months ago

#22796 new defect

Default browser in Ubuntu doesn't work properly

Reported by: macho.p Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version: Tor: 0.3.0.9
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: Actual Points:
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Description

When I set tor as the default browser, and click on a link in another application (e.g. Thunderbird), the tab doesn't open. I can use the tor browser properly, and a corresponding onion logo appears in Ubuntu's launcher when I do. With tor set as default, when you click a link, you can see another blue world logo, also labeled tor browser, briefly appear in the launcher before closing without ever displaying the page.

my /etc/apt/sources.list includes this:

$ dpkg -l tor tor-browser

Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)

/ Name Version Architecture Description

+++-==============-============-============-=================================
ii tor 0.3.0.9-1~ze amd64 anonymizing overlay network for T
ii tor-browser 6.5.1-1~webu amd64 Tor Browser Bundle

$ uname -a
Linux basic 4.10.0-26-generic #30-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jun 27 09:30:12 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
There are 3 choices for the alternative x-www-browser (providing /usr/bin/x-www-browser).

Selection Path Priority Status


0 /usr/bin/chromium-browser 40 auto mode
1 /usr/bin/chromium-browser 40 manual mode
2 /usr/bin/firefox 40 manual mode

  • 3 /usr/bin/tor-browser-en.sh 1 manual mode

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Attachments (1)

Both tor logos in the launcher.png (52.3 KB) - added by macho.p 5 months ago.
Launcher showing both tor logos (topmost and bottommost)

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Change History (6)

Changed 5 months ago by macho.p

Launcher showing both tor logos (topmost and bottommost)

comment:1 Changed 5 months ago by macho.p

Hmm some of my message got munged but I think you get the idea!

comment:2 Changed 5 months ago by arma

First issue: it looks like you're using the torbrowserlauncher deb? That isn't made by us, so you might have better luck filing a ticket about it in the debian bts. But alas, I expect you won't have much luck there either.

Second issue: is making tor browser your default browser even supposed to work? That is, are there any howtos out there that explain how to do it in a way that's actually safe? I have seen several people wanting to do this, and each time they hacked together something that was really unsafe.

comment:3 Changed 5 months ago by arma

Oh, third issue: tor browser 6.5.1 is insecure and old and out of date. Nobody should be using it, and any place that gives you that version when you install tor browser is bad news.

comment:4 Changed 5 months ago by dgoulet

Component: - Select a componentApplications/Tor Browser
Owner: set to tbb-team

(I'm not sure how much this applies to "Tor Browser" component but I prefer letting the TB team re-triage it properly then this once being without a Component.)

comment:5 in reply to:  2 Changed 4 months ago by gk

Replying to arma:

First issue: it looks like you're using the torbrowserlauncher deb? That isn't made by us, so you might have better luck filing a ticket about it in the debian bts. But alas, I expect you won't have much luck there either.

Second issue: is making tor browser your default browser even supposed to work? That is, are there any howtos out there that explain how to do it in a way that's actually safe? I have seen several people wanting to do this, and each time they hacked together something that was really unsafe.

#20811 is relevant.

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