Opened 7 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#9818 closed defect (not a bug)

YouTube plays in Tor Browser Bundle with Disable All Plugins checked

Reported by: Netizen Owned by: erinn
Priority: Very High Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor bundles/installation Version: Tor:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
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I downloaded the latest version of the Tor Browser Bundle "tor-browser-2.3.25-13_en-US.exe" and installed it.  I went to the page:

and was surprised to see a YouTube video that looked live on the page.  I was even more surprised to see it play when I clicked it.  I double-checked that "Disable Browser Plugins (such as Flash)" was checked.  By contrast, going to YouTube itself and clicking on a video correctly resulted in a video that would not play.  I would love to be able to play Flash videos with some security; but if that is not possible, I would rather have them disabled.

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comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by gk

That does not seem to be a flash video. I have no plugins in my browser and yet the video is playing for me if I click on the play button...

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by Netizen

Then YouTube is using something other than Flash. It appears to be HTML5, since right-clicking on the video has an "About HTML5" choice.  I wonder if it is secure?  Since YouTube is owned by Google, I doubt we should trust their intentions.  That would be great to be able to play YouTube videos with some improved security.  It is odd then that the main YouTube site doesn't play, but these embedded videos do.

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comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by arma

Sounds like an easy explanation -- this other site was offering you html5, and Firefox (including Tor Browser) these days can play html5 videos natively.

The reason Youtube generally doesn't work for you is because they require that you opt in to the html5 "test" first, and they remember whether you've opted in based on a cookie that isn't very privacy-friendly.

I suggest closing this ticket, and the original user can either mail support for more help:
or bring it up again on the Tor Stackexchange beta once it goes public.

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by erinn

Keywords: needs-triage added

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by erinn

Resolution: not a bug
Status: newclosed


comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by bugzilla

Keywords: YouTube Flash Tor Browser Bundle needs-triage removed
Severity: Normal
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