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Firefox 8 Locks Down Plug-ins
Datamation ^ | 8 November 2011 | Sean Michael Kerner

Posted on 11/09/2011 4:36:27 AM PST by ShadowAce

Mozilla's rapid release train has pulled into the station on time, with the fifth major Firefox browser release of 2011. Firefox 8 is being released today, providing developers with new capabilities and offering users more security via a new add-ons policy.

"We're proud of the way Firefox continues to move the web forward in this release," Gavin Sharp, Firefox engineer and the Firefox module owner told InternetNews.com. "Our support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) in WebGL lets developers build incredible 3D experiences on the Web in a secure way."

Sharp noted that Firefox 8 also introduces a simpler way for HTML5 applications to provide a right-click menu, to provide a more complete experience. He explained that this release of Firefox introduces better support for Web applications, allowing them to provide context menu options without requiring complicated custom code.

"Adding this functionality to HTML will make adding custom context menus options easier for Web developers and more consistent and reliable for Web app users," Sharp said.

From a safety and security perspective, Mozilla is taking aim at third party add-ons with Firefox 8. On startup, Firefox 8 provides users with a menu with third party plugins disabled, offering users the choice of re-enabling them if they so choose. Sharp explained that in Firefox 8, add-ons can still be installed by third party programs, as in previous versions of Firefox.

"What's new in this next release of Firefox is that Firefox will notify users when this happens and get explicit permission before enabling them," Sharp said. "On upgrade, we will also prompt users to offer the option of disabling existing add-ons that the user may not have been aware of. We want users to be in control of their browser, and to avoid add-on surprises."

Firefox 8 also provides at least six security updates over the Firefox 7 release, with three updates identified by Mozilla as being critical. The three critical flaws include what Mozilla describes as, Miscellaneous memory safety hazards, memory corruption while profiling Firebug and a code execution via a NoWaiverWrapper issue.

Mozilla's first rapid release was the Firefox 5 browser which debuted in June. Since then, Mozilla has been releasing new Firefox browsers at a faster rate than ever before with Firefox 6 out in August and Firefox 7 in late September. Prior to the Firefox 5 release, new major browser releases often came a year or more apart.

"The new release process lets us deliver new features and improvements to our users faster than ever before," Sharp said. "We monitor the way the release cycle impacts our users, as well as the ecosystem of add-ons, plugins and other 3rd party software that interacts with Firefox, and we're making changes where needed."


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser; firefox

1 posted on 11/09/2011 4:36:29 AM PST by ShadowAce
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

2 posted on 11/09/2011 4:38:36 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Nightshift

Gnip


3 posted on 11/09/2011 4:40:50 AM PST by tutstar
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To: ShadowAce

Now if they could only get the pop-up blocker to work...


4 posted on 11/09/2011 4:48:30 AM PST by TSgt (whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive...it is the Right of the People to abolish it.)
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To: ShadowAce

“From a safety and security perspective, Mozilla is taking aim at third party add-ons with Firefox 8. On startup, Firefox 8 provides users with a menu with third party plugins disabled, offering users the choice of re-enabling them if they so choose.”

Love this feature! Had some things installed by third parties and had some stuff I no longer use. Clicked on the ones I wanted to remain and the rest went away. Notice my internet is now faster without the junk. Thanks firefox!


5 posted on 11/09/2011 4:54:40 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: TSgt
Now if they could only get the pop-up blocker to work...

It doesn't work for you? I've not seen a pop-up (using Firefox) for years.

What's going on?

6 posted on 11/09/2011 4:55:00 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: TSgt

pop up blocker has worked great for years on firefox, that’s why I started using it in the first place.

i run firefox with adblock plus, beef taco (stops bad cookies), better privacy, and noscript.


7 posted on 11/09/2011 4:59:18 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: ShadowAce
Will this version work with Yahoo mail?

Had to revert to a former version to get around the annoying page with "click to disable automatic updates to view page" when opening my email.

8 posted on 11/09/2011 5:01:42 AM PST by N. Theknow (Idi Obama = Just your everyday, ordinary, 3rd World Dictator)
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To: TSgt

Or their ‘personal search completion settings’ to stop working. Can’t be turned off, stopped, ended or killed. Well, I haven’t figured it out yet.


9 posted on 11/09/2011 5:20:11 AM PST by deadrock
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To: ShadowAce

With Firefox recent memory hogging, I almost switched to Chrome (which I was very hesitant to do), but we’ll see how 8 does here.


10 posted on 11/09/2011 5:21:01 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: ShadowAce

FF8 is out. FF10 is in beta testing.

I had to put FF5 back on my main XP machine, because FF7, which was supposed to correct part of the ongoing memory-hogging FF has become notorious for, didn’t. At one point, with only one window/tab open (and it blank), FF7 consumed over 400k of memory.

I did upgrade my Win7 laptop with FF7. The laptop has enough memory that memory consumption has not become a problem.

The big problem I find with the rapid release is trying to keep extensions/add-ons updated. I lost some that never made the FF upgrade beyond 3.6 series. I lost a couple of others that got shelved between FF5 and FF7.

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FF needs to rethink their rapid release philosophy. It may be cute and fine for developers, but for productivity users, new releases are more trouble than they are worth.


11 posted on 11/09/2011 5:42:56 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: DEADROCK
Or their ‘personal search completion settings’ to stop working. Can’t be turned off, stopped, ended or killed. Well, I haven’t figured it out yet.

Perform the following steps:

  1. Enter "about:config" in the browser address bar, without the quotes, of course
  2. Find browser.search.suggest.enabled and set to false
  3. Close tab/window

12 posted on 11/09/2011 5:45:06 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Sharp explained that in Firefox 8, add-ons can still be installed by third party programs, as in previous versions of Firefox.

“What’s new in this next release of Firefox is that Firefox will notify users when this happens and get explicit permission before enabling them,”

When did microsoft take over FF development?


13 posted on 11/09/2011 5:57:48 AM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: ShadowAce; TSgt
I've not seen a pop-up (using Firefox) for years.

Ditto.

Try the No Script plug/add on/in. I sometimes have to temp allow a popup to complete a page.

14 posted on 11/09/2011 6:07:30 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: ShadowAce

And FF 9 will come out next month-Dec. 20. Followed by FF 10 in Jan. But FF 11 is the one to watch for. Many new things. Silent update being among them.


15 posted on 11/09/2011 6:24:32 AM PST by donozark (Sam Walton:"It was paper when we started, and it's paper afterwards.")
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To: ShadowAce

It’s really a pain to have Mozilla issue new versions so fast; better if they just kept the same integer and changed the number to the right of the decimal point.

I’m still using FF 3.6 and will continue to do so until Mozilla stops with security updates. Reason is that developers don’t update their plugins as fast as new versions come out so they don’t work. It’s a real pain to abandon them or try to get them to work by doing so suggested work-arounds.


16 posted on 11/09/2011 6:47:43 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: TSgt
Now if they could only get the pop-up blocker to work.

Pop ups are annoying, even Free Republic pop ups.

17 posted on 11/09/2011 6:49:35 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: TSgt

I just got my third one in the last 3 hours. I wish they could target those who don’t already donate.


18 posted on 11/09/2011 7:02:08 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

I wish those who donated on FR were color coded so we knew who the freeloaders were and could guilt them into donating. LOL!


19 posted on 11/09/2011 7:05:36 AM PST by TSgt (whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive...it is the Right of the People to abolish it.)
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To: Mount Athos; ShadowAce

Just checked, I’m running FireFox 3.6.23.

Maybe that’s my problem! LOL!


20 posted on 11/09/2011 7:10:28 AM PST by TSgt (whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive...it is the Right of the People to abolish it.)
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To: Graybeard58

What browser and Windows version are you using?

The only pop-ups I get are new configurations that circumvent the newest browsers.

I use an old IE 6 based browser for FR. It is one of the earliest tabbed browsers and it has some edit/add-ons that no longer exist for later versions. I also use FF5 and 7 for general surfing and seldom have a pop-up problem with those.

There may be come configuration settings you can adjust in your browser to stop those pop-ups.


21 posted on 11/09/2011 7:22:50 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: TSgt; Graybeard58
> I wish those who donated on FR were color coded so we knew who the freeloaders were and could guilt them into donating. LOL!

Funny you mention that. I've thought in the past it should be:

LOL.
22 posted on 11/09/2011 7:50:10 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

I like it!

But it’s racist... LOL!


23 posted on 11/09/2011 7:54:13 AM PST by TSgt (whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive...it is the Right of the People to abolish it.)
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To: ShadowAce

Had to uninstall Firefox. It was getting hung up, etc...

Too many issues and not sure if it was my Add ons?

At any rate using primarly the latest Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Waiting for Firefox to resolve their issues.

The new IE 9.0 64 bit additon is pretty good. Takes a little bit to get use to. It is fast and a big improvement from the past.


24 posted on 11/09/2011 8:07:07 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: TomGuy
FF7 consumed over 400k of memory.

400 MB, I guess.

I am running FF7 on a laptop with 256 MB total RAM. Works OK, for a few tabs although 192 wasn't enough and had to upgrade.

25 posted on 11/09/2011 8:14:20 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: TomGuy

F.R. is the only place where I get a pop up.


26 posted on 11/09/2011 8:21:59 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: TSgt

Also running v. 3.6.23 (now security update to 3.6.24).

I presume you have the popup-blocker box checked (Tools, Options, Content tab). I have disabled NoScript and Adblock plus for FR and don’t have issues with popups on FR at all.


27 posted on 11/09/2011 9:42:43 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: ShadowAce; DEADROCK
Perform the following steps:
1. Enter "about:config" in the browser address bar, without the quotes, of course
2. Find browser.search.suggest.enabled and set to false
3. Close tab/window

Would unchecking this box: "Tools, Options, Privacy, History, Remember search and form history" accomplish the same thing?

28 posted on 11/09/2011 9:50:15 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: Graybeard58
I just got my third one in the last 3 hours. I wish they could target those who don’t already donate.

Are you referring to donate ads that show up within individual threads?? Other than those I have no other ads that appear as pop-ups on FR.

29 posted on 11/09/2011 9:55:10 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: Graybeard58

I’ve never had a popup on FR. Firefox with ad block plus.


30 posted on 11/09/2011 9:57:37 AM PST by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: CedarDave
heh. Probably.

Sometimes I get too techy for my own good. :)

31 posted on 11/09/2011 10:31:32 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: TomGuy

I used Firefox ever since it started but finally gave up on it 3 weeks ago because of the memory hogging issues. 2 years and still it eats memory like breakfast cereal.

I tried Chrome and it works so much faster and so little memory. Set up was easy and it imported my favorites.


32 posted on 11/09/2011 11:58:56 AM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: steve86

I was getting as much as 500 MB usage on Firefox. It was killing everthing on the computer. I finally switched 3 weeks ago to Chrome and haven’t had an issue since.


33 posted on 11/09/2011 12:05:56 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: packrat35

Chrome = Google = web tracking??


34 posted on 11/09/2011 12:44:15 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: packrat35

they fixed the memory issues in firefox with version 7 released 27 September 2011


35 posted on 11/09/2011 1:31:04 PM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Mount Athos
they fixed the memory issues in firefox with version 7 released 27 September 2011

There must be more than one issue then. If I want to be sure my old xp desktop is frozen up when I want to use it, I just have to be sure Firefox is open when I walk away.

36 posted on 11/09/2011 2:16:50 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Mount Athos

Not for me, it didn’t. Every new release, it got worse.


37 posted on 11/09/2011 2:46:47 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: CedarDave; discostu
Are you referring to donate ads that show up within individual threads??

No. I am referring to a new window that opens while I'm on F.R. It is the "Donate now" form.

Other than those I have no other ads that appear as pop-ups on FR.

No windows open up automatically for me on any other site, except F.R.

38 posted on 11/09/2011 3:27:43 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: packrat35

I’m using 7.01. It seems to have stopped most of the memory leak problems I was having with the previous versions.


39 posted on 11/09/2011 3:27:55 PM PST by Tribune7 (If you demand perfection you will wind up with leftist Democrats)
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To: Graybeard58

See my #27. Assuming you’re using at least V 3.6 FF and if you have the popup blocker box checked you shouldn’t have a problem. Two more things I’d suggest are:

1)Go to “Account” and under “Windows” click “Blank” (my setting; shouldn’t have any effect but there are some minor bugs in the software), and

2)Logout and log back in FR (remember your password). It may reset any glitches.

Let us know if your problem is solved.


40 posted on 11/09/2011 5:18:18 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: TSgt
Just checked, I’m running FireFox 3.6.23.

Yesterday I installed what was supposed to be FF8.  Now I've got FireFox 3.6.24.  Great browser, but something screwy with the updater.

41 posted on 11/10/2011 5:37:45 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: CedarDave

Thanks, CD. But that is something entirely different.


42 posted on 11/12/2011 7:19:19 AM PST by deadrock
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To: ShadowAce

That doesn’t kill it either. I’ve tried that before when searching for a remedy.

Thanks.


43 posted on 11/12/2011 7:29:13 AM PST by deadrock
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To: ShadowAce

BTW, I just checked. It is still set to ‘false,’ all these months later. I wonder what that field does if it doesn’t do what it is suppose to do.


44 posted on 11/12/2011 7:32:18 AM PST by deadrock
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