(Cross-posted to mozilla.tools) Hi, I have an update and a request for comments regarding Phabricator and confidential reviews.
We've completed the functionality around limiting access to Differential revisions (i.e. code reviews) that are tied to confidential bugs. To recap the original plan, various security groups in BMO are mirrored to Phabricator as "projects", containing the same set of users. When a bug has such a security group added to it, e.g. dom-core-security, thus restricting its visibility largely to members of that group, a Phabricator "policy" is similarly set on any associated revisions, restricting their visibility to the same group of people (plus the author of the revision, if they are not in the project already). However, users outside of the security group(s) can see confidential bugs if they are involved with them in some way. Frequently the CC field is used as a way to include outsiders in a bug. Phabricator has a similar feature, called "subscribers", which, as with CCs, both grants visibility to confidential revisions and also sends email updates when the revision changes. It was suggested that we attempt to synchronize CC and subscriber lists. First I want to double check that this is truly useful. I am not sure how often CCed users are involved with confidential bugs' patches (I might be able to ballpark this with some Bugzilla searches, but I don't think it would be easy to get a straight answer). Anecdotally I have been told that a lot of the time users are CCed just to be informed of the problem, e.g. a manager might want to be aware of a vulnerability. Given that adding subscribers to a revision is just as easy as CCing a user on a bug, if it is infrequent that outsiders need to be involved in reviewing confidential patches, I lean towards taking the simple route of making this manual. However if this is more common than I suspect, then we must decide how to synchronize the lists. The most straightforward approach is one-way synchronization from BMO, that is, anyone CCed on the bug will automatically be added as a subscriber to any associated revisions, but anyone manually added to the subscribers list who is not CCed on the bug would be automatically removed by the BMO-Phabricator synchronization routine. The alternative is to keep track of who was manually added and who was automatically synchronized, which gets complicated rather quickly, both in terms of implementation and usability. The second question that would come up is whether this synchronization should apply to all revisions or just confidential ones. Given the dual nature of CCs/subscribers, for both visibility and notifications, I lean towards only doing this synchronization for confidential revisions, where it is more important. A further justification for limiting the mirroring is that Phabricator has a much more powerful and fine-grained notification system (Herald) than BMO's product- and component-watching feature. Automatic mirroring everywhere would reduce the utility of the former. If you have any thoughts on this, please reply. I'll answer any questions and summarize the feedback with a decision in a few days. Note that we can, of course, try a simple approach to start, and add in more complex functionality after an evaluation period. To sum up, there are three questions: 1. Is mirroring a confidential bug's CC list to association Differential revisions' subscriber lists actually useful? That is, does the utility justify the cost of implementation and maintenance? 2. If yes, is one-way mirroring, from BMO to Differential, sufficient? 3. Again if #1 is yes, should such mirroring be limited to confidential bugs, given that Phabricator's notification system is more fine-grained, and thus more useful, than BMO's product- and component-watching feature? Thanks, Mark _______________________________________________ dev-platform mailing list email@example.com https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/dev-platform