11.08.13 Engineering Progress Report for Firefox Accounts and Sync.next

Chris Karlof ckarlof at mozilla.com
Fri Nov 8 16:04:48 PST 2013

Firefox Accounts wiki: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Identity/FirefoxAccounts
Sync.next wiki: https://wiki.mozilla.org/User_Services/Sync
IRC: #fxa

Firefox Accounts Cloud Services and Client libraries (Danny Coates, Ryan Kelly, Zach Carter, Vlad Filippov, Andy Chilton)
- Repo rename happening next week to be more fxa-centric and more descriptive
  - picl-idp -> fxa-auth-server
  - firefox-account-bridge -> fxa-content-server
  - gherkin -> fxa-js-client
  - scrypt-helper -> fxa-scrypt-helper
- /raw_password API will likely be used to support initial FxOS efforts. See discussion here: https://github.com/mozilla/picl-idp/blob/master/docs/api.md#raw_password-discussion
- NEW: Roadmap: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Identity/Roadmap
- NEW: FxA metrics plan: https://id.etherpad.mozilla.org/fxacct-metrics
- Andy now focused on MySQL work in FxA Auth Server. Initial work:
  - https://github.com/mozilla/picl-idp/pull/273
  - https://github.com/mozilla/picl-idp/issues/260
- Better input validation of cert signing: https://github.com/mozilla/picl-idp/pull/283
- Added initial Sauce lab testing of fxa-js-client: https://github.com/mozilla/gherkin/pull/9
- Massive refactor to make token handling on FxA Auth Server more consistent: https://github.com/mozilla/picl-idp/pull/276
- "FxA existence privacy" issue reopened at the request of rfreely: https://github.com/mozilla/picl-idp/issues/134
- Next steps: continue to work with UX on final UI for flows, continue work on Gherkin, continue to work on Q4 production ready goals for FxA Cloud Services

Android (Nick Alexander, Richard Newman)
- no update; Nick has been working on Fennec build stuff and resume FxA work soon

Desktop (Chris Karlof, Brian Warner, Mark Hammond, Tim Taubert) 
- "more native" FxAccounts.jsm and FxAccountsClient.jsm patch being constructed to land next week
  - migrates key fetching, email verification, public key generator, and assertion generator to browser code
  - includes FxAccount API client
  - https://github.com/warner/mozilla-central/tree/warnerhack
  - supports both FxA Desktop and FxOS efforts
- Next steps: Continue getting more tests working with the code from the work week, continue to land FxA common code in m-c

FxOS (Jed Parsons, Zach Carter, Sam Penrose, Shane Tomlinson)
- Amazing Gaia UI consolidation
- More amazing Gaia system work; ready to test
- Big push on Firefox Accounts system patches; lots of help from ckarlof and warner
- Gecko core identity patches about ready to integrate with FXA
- Targeting our first integration build for next Thursday
Task breakdown:
- [borja, shane, olav, sergi] Consolidated all UI flows into System app
   Branch: https://github.com/borjasalguero/gaia/tree/fxa_proposal_complete (
- [jedp] Conform native jwcrypto API to the spec; needs r (bug 936146)
- [warner, zaach, sam, ckarlof: Generalized services/fxaccounts work for use in b2g; Generating m-c patch now
   bugs 935234, 935242, 935232
- [ferjm] Completed core gaia System components (bug 929388)
   Includes borja's branch: https://github.com/ferjm/gaia
- [ferjm, francisco] Implementing UI glue to abstract out FXA UI from Identity components
   Architecture: https://github.com/jedp/fxa-fxos/blob/master/img/architecture.png
   Patches in progress (bug 929386)
- [jgruen] updates to flows; animations demonstrating flows
- [jgruen] collab with dougt on wheresmyfox UX
- [jedp] Demo and overview of FXA at FirefoxOS work-week; demos from our team
   Slides: https://github.com/jedp/fxa-fxos/blob/master/slides.md
   FTE Gaia demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjSUN7SAEmw
   Gruen's animation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9tfzlxpg2khgr4q/FxA%20Animation.m4v
- [rfeeley] review and mapping of flows, focus on unhappy paths; collab with marketplace UX
- [spenrose] Comprehensive summary of dependencies

Firefox Accounts Devops (Benson Wong, Gene Wood, James Bonacci, Peter Dehaan) 
- Load testing framework now working against MySQL re-write
- Next steps: Start to build out provisioning logic, load testing of new MySQL architecture
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