I quite like this.  Thank you for the update!


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From: firefox-dev <firefox-dev-boun...@mozilla.org> On Behalf Of Johann Hofmann
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2019 10:05 AM
To: Firefox Dev <firefox-...@mozilla.org>
Cc: dev-platform <dev-platform@lists.mozilla.org>; Wayne Thayer 
Subject: Intent to Ship: Move Extended Validation Information out of the URL bar


In desktop Firefox 70, we intend to remove Extended Validation (EV) indicators 
from the identity block (the left hand side of the URL bar which is used to 
display security / privacy information). We will add additional EV information 
to the identity panel instead, effectively reducing the exposure of EV 
information to users while keeping it easily accessible.










The effectiveness of EV has been called into question numerous times over the 
last few years, there are serious doubts whether users notice the absence of 
positive security indicators and proof of concepts have been  
<https://www.typewritten.net/writer/ev-phishing/> pitting EV against domains 
for phishing.


More recently, it has been  <https://stripe.ian.sh/> shown that EV certificates 
with colliding entity names can be generated by choosing a different 
jurisdiction. 18 months have passed since then and no changes that address this 
problem have been identified.


The Chrome team recently removed EV indicators from the URL bar in Canary and 
 their intent to ship this change in Chrome 77. Safari is also no longer 
showing the EV entity name instead of the domain name in their URL bar, 
distinguishing EV only by the green color. Edge is also no longer showing the 
EV entity name in their URL bar.


On our side a pref for this (security.identityblock.show_extended_validation) 
was added in  <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1572389> bug 
1572389 (thanks :evilpie for working on it!). We're planning to flip this pref 
to false in  <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1572936> bug 1572936.


Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns,


Wayne & Johann

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