Opened 8 months ago

Last modified 8 months ago

#27254 new task

TBA: Investigate "Assist app" functionality

Reported by: towiw Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Very High Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Critical Keywords: tbb-mobile
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Why does fennec need to be an "Assist app"? Assist apps can take screenshots and read text in any app, and record audio. It is a very dangerous permission. I think this functionality should be removed from Tor Browser for Android.

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comment:1 Changed 8 months ago by towiw

Fennec also becomes default Assist app if Google apps are not installed. You can find Assist app settings by searching 'Assist app' in settings.

comment:2 Changed 8 months ago by towiw3

When home button is long-pressed, Fennec is opened and a new tab is loaded. It appears to be using the Assist app permission only for opening Fennec and loading a new tab from anywhere. But still it is a dangerous permission. If Google apps are not installed and there is no other Assist app, TBA automatically becomes the Assist app.

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