Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 15 months ago

#8222 assigned defect

"Check certificates using Tor for anonymity" is reportedly sometimes grey in TBB

Reported by: mo Owned by: mikeperry
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: HTTPS Everywhere/EFF-HTTPS Everywhere Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
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Description

Some users are confused why "Check certificates using Tor for anonymity" is greyed out in Tor Browser. I am quite confident that the Observatory will respect the proxy settings even without that setting.

In my regular Firefox, it is also greyed out. I do have a system Tor and a TBB running.

I know nothing about how HTTPS-E detects Tor, but I suspect the detection and/or the whole setting might not be very useful any more?

(tested on Debian, TBB dev alpha based on Firefox ESR 17.0.2, HTTPS-E 3.1.3)

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Change History (6)

comment:1 in reply to:  description ; Changed 6 years ago by gk

Replying to mo:

In my regular Firefox, it is also greyed out. I do have a system Tor and a TBB running.

Do you have "Use the Observatory?" checked?

comment:2 in reply to:  1 Changed 6 years ago by mo

Replying to gk:

Replying to mo:

In my regular Firefox, it is also greyed out. I do have a system Tor and a TBB running.

Do you have "Use the Observatory?" checked?

Yes, in both browsers.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by pde

So, working from memory here without referring back to the source:

"Check certificates using tor for anonymity" should really be "only check certificates using Tor for anonymity". If it's unchecked, it means the observatory will use a direct SSL connection if it cannot find Tor.

That option will be greyed out if HTTPS Everywhere failed to successfully identify a method for making requests through Tor when it started. But if Tor is installed or running or works correctly on a future browser startup, the observatory will switch to using Tor at that time, even if this option is unchecked.

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by pde

Summary: "Check certificates using Tor for anonymity" disabled. Is it still useful?"Check certificates using Tor for anonymity" is reportedly sometimes grey in TBB

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by pde

Owner: changed from pde to mikeperry
Status: newassigned

Mike, do you want to see if you can reproduce this?

comment:6 Changed 15 months ago by teor

Severity: Normal

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