Voting starts in March for the Drupal Association Board election.
Extracting what I tried to do in https://drupal.org/node/1327224 into separate issue, so that we can get a simple bugfix in.
This might not be possible for 8.x, sadly.
Will provide a detailed issue summary, the basic idea is to replace hooks, which every entity type has to implement to work with private files, with relying on entity access and implying that view access to an entity also allows access to attached files.
PASSED: [[SimpleTest]]: [PHP 5.4 MySQL] 75,367 pass(es). View
PASSED: [[SimpleTest]]: [PHP 5.4 MySQL] 75,309 pass(es). View