Opened 8 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#5822 closed defect (wontfix)

Windows installers to add firewall exceptions

Reported by: marshray Owned by: erinn
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor bundles/installation Version: Tor:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: gk, Shondoit Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
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Starting with XP SP1 or SP2, MS Windows comes with a very handy built-in firewall. Using the default settings, whenever a new executable (such as Tor.exe) tries to accept incoming TCP connections from the network, the firewall raises a scary security alert message. This was seen on XP SP3 on a fresh installation of Vidalia Relay Bundle.

Aside from the slight annoyance, this can be a little confusing for nontechnical users and it's bad to train users to click "Yes" to scary-sounding security warnings that they don't fully understand.

For these reasons, app installers under Windows often pre-create firewall exceptions for their executables.

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Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by gk

Cc: g.koppen@… added

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by Shondoit

Cc: Shondoit added

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by erinn

Keywords: needs-triage added

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by teor

Severity: Normal

Set all open tickets without a severity to "Normal"

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by gk

Cc: gk added; g.koppen@… removed
Keywords: needs-triage removed
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

I don't think we want to get into the business of creating firewall exceptions with Tor Browser.

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