Opened 15 months ago

Last modified 12 months ago

#30413 new enhancement

Notification Bar to warn about xpinstall.signatures.required set to false

Reported by: flowerpt Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: TorBrowserTeam201905, ux-team
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Please warn with a notification bar if xpinstall.signatures.required is set to false.

This setting was recommended by the blog for users affected by #30388 . Such users are somewhat likely to forget to toggle it back to true, which could be a potential attack vector.

Quoted from comment 43 there:

Since the blog asked people to "Please remember to" re-enable security, and that's the kind of thing which is the bane of security when it comes to ordinary users, can a subsequent release please force this back to 'false' and alert the user if the flip is made?

It's better to have people need to toggle it again than to leave people unintentionally unguarded. I realize both options are sub-optimal, but "fail safe" is better than "fail dangerous". Without such a change, it's very likely that some users will go on forever set to not validate addons - the typical user pattern is "fix it and forget it".

Replying to flowerpt:

I don't think we can do that as our decisions don't overwrite user prefs. We could think about showing a notification bar, though, reminding the users of that problem and allow them to flip the pref back easily that way.

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Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 15 months ago by flowerpt

nuts, the title should be:

Notification Bar to warn about xpinstall.signatures.required set to false

and I don't see how to modify it.

comment:2 Changed 15 months ago by gk

Summary: Notification Bar to warn aboutNotification Bar to warn about xpinstall.signatures.required set to false

comment:3 Changed 15 months ago by gk

Keywords: TorBrowserTeam201905 ux-team added
Parent ID: #30388

comment:4 Changed 12 months ago by pili

Do we still want to do this?

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