Posts Tagged ‘add-ons’

Firefox Cross-Extension vulnerability discovered

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

This is definitely a problem. Firefox appears to be working on the problem and although there are tools that help to detect vulnerability to extension re-use, at present there is no solution for preventing it.

Nine of the ten most popular Firefox add-ons, based on users, are vulnerable to extension reuse vulnerabilities that allow malicious extensions to leverage these vulnerabilities. Add-ons are one of the hallmarks of the Firefox web browser. The most popular Firefox add-ons are used by millions of users, and since the extension system in place does not limit add-on developers as much as on other platforms, some add miraculous things to the browser that are not possible elsewhere.

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Surprise – 40% of Firefox Users don’t use Add-Ons

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

There’s a pretty good chance that the introduction of add-on signing will eventually push that 40% figure even higher.

Apart from giving its users more control over its features than any other web browser out there, another strength of Firefox is the browser’s add-on system. Just like customization options provided by Firefox, add-ons give developers and users more freedom than any other browser out there (that is not based on Firefox code). The add-on system is under fire and big changes are upcoming, and not all of the changes are welcome by part of the Firefox community.

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Reactions to Mozilla’s Announcement about Upcoming Firefox Add-On Changes

Monday, August 24th, 2015

This story is still unfolding; so far, nobody is willing to say exactly which Add-Ons will be broken by the change and which will continue to function.

As a Firefox user you have probably read already that Mozilla plans to introduce major changes to the add-on system of the browser. The official blog post on the Mozilla blog revealed WebExtensions, Electrolysis, Add-on Signing and the deprecation of XUL, XPCOM and the permissive add-on model in particular, and a rough timeline as well. To sum it up: Mozilla plans to focus on WebExtensions in the future which offer better compatibility with the extension engines of browsers such as Chrome and Opera.

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Firefox’s Australis Theme May Have Disastrous Consquences for Users Who Customize the Browser

Friday, April 19th, 2013

This kind of sounds like Firefox is slowly morphing into Google Chrome …

The new Australis theme has been looming around the heads of the Firefox community for a very long time. Most of what we – that is the public – know about the theme is that it will modify how Firefox looks as it will replace the current default theme when it is released. What many Firefox users may not be aware of though is that Australis is more than just a theme replacement as it will affect the way we customize the browser.

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Firefox is Slow? Try These Fixes

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Individually, some of these fixes are a bit obvious, but when taken together as a group, they provide a fairly comprehensive plan for dealing with speed issues in Firefox …

I have to admit that while I do not agree with every decision Mozilla makes in regards to Firefox, I can’t really complain about the web browser’s performance on my system. It is as stable as it gets, does not use too much memory or cpu, and is a pleasure to work with. While I do my best o ensure that, for instance by running it without plugins and with NoScript, it is the complete package that makes the difference.

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10 Up and Coming Firefox Add-ons (May 2012)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The “Cinetonic” and “Convert YouTube to MP3” add-ons both sound pretty cool, but I bet that MP3 conversion add-on will make the folks at YouTube nervous …

Add-ons are one of the features that make the Firefox web browser great. Add-on developers update and create add-ons on a regular basis, and it has become quite time consuming to stay in the loop when it comes to new and exciting add-ons for the browser because of this.

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Move Firefox Add-On Icons into the Address Bar

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Here’s an interesting Firefox add-on, that basically appears to make Firefox behave more like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer …

If maxing out the screen estate for websites visited in the Firefox web browser is important to you, you have probably experimented with various interface customizations to find the best possible solution for you personally. From merging toolbars to installing add-ons that merge or modify the browser’s functionality, the Firefox browser has a lot to offer in terms of customizations. In fact, this is one of the things that sets the browser apart from its main competitors Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer, as the latter two are both less flexible when it comes to interface customizations.

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Firefox Up and Coming Add-ons

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Here are some interesting tips for keeping up-to-date on the latest add-ons for Firefox …

I visit the Mozilla Firefox add-on repository on a daily basis, mainly to see if add-ons have been updated or released that I can review or use on my own. Mozilla recently redesigned the add-on repository which in my opinion is not as intuitive as before.

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Mozilla Removes And Blocks 2 Firefox Add-ons

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Remember three or four years ago, when Mozilla had such a small share of the browser market, that nobody was bothering to write malware for it?

It has not happened often in the past that Mozilla had to pull the plug on add-ons hosted at the official Firefox add-on repository. The developers of the popular Firefox web browser have some tools at their disposal to deal with add-ons that are either malicious in nature or insecure.

A recent blog post on the Mozilla Add-ons blog revealed that the developers had to deal with two add-ons falling in those two categories recently.

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