Add-on Signing now Active in Firefox 43

One feature Mozilla, seems to have conveniently left out of the release notes for Firefox 43 is add-on/extension signing is now active and being enforced. Users can no longer install unsigned add-ons and there is no longer a mechanism to override this. Mozilla claims “(add-on signing) will make the block-list and other malware prevention measures more effective.”

 

Firefox 43.0.1 Released

Mozilla has released a minor update to the current Firefox 43 branch with Firefox 43.0.1 on December 18th. This is part 1 of 2 for the fix of Bug 1079858. This bug has to do with Microsoft deprecating the use of the SHA1 Authenicode signatures for Windows singing on January 1st, 2016. Mozilla is moving to use SHA2 signature algorithms and the purpose of this patch is to simply inform the updater and maintenance service of the new SHA2 certificate issuer. Part 2 which will be released with Firefox 43.0.2 likely in the next week will Use SHA-2 to sign Windows binaries, and switch the stub installer to expect that.

Warning: Windows XP SP2 or older users will no longer be able to get Firefox updates or run anything newer than Firefox 43 as Windows XP SP2 does NOT support SHA2 (or newer) signature algorithms. Windows XP SP3 and newer users will still be able to run newer versions of Firefox.

Important: User who do not update to Firefox 43.0.1 and the future 43.0.2 may encounter difficulties (UAC Prompts or Windows blocking the updater service) installing upcoming version of Firefox

via Mozilla Release Notes.

Firefox Users Can Now Watch Netflix HTML5 Video on Windows

"Netflix announced today that their HTML5 video player now supports Firefox on Windows Vista and later using Adobe’s new Primetime CDM (Content Decryption Module). This means Netflix fans can watch their favorite shows on Firefox without installing NPAPI plugins. ..."

Source: The Mozilla Blog
 Firefox Users Can Now Watch Netflix HTML5 Video on Windows

Firefox 43 Released

Mozilla released the next major update for Firefox on December 15th with Firefox 43. New features in this release included:
  • Private Browsing with Tracking Protection offers choice of blocking additional trackers
  • Improved API support for m4v video playback
  • Firefox 64-bit for Windows is now available via the Firefox download page
  • Users can choose search suggestions from the Awesome Bar
  • On-screen keyboard displayed on selecting input field on devices running Windows 8 or greater
  • Firefox Health Report has switched to use the same data collection mechanism as telemetry
There were some fixes and other items in this release which can be viewed via the Release Notes. Depending on the user's update settings, users should be prompted to install the new version or can do so sooner via the in-browser update (Help > About Firefox) or can manually download and install Firefox via getfirefox.com site. IMPORTANT: Windows 64-Bit users who want to use the new 64-Bit Windows version of Firefox will need to manually download and install the 64-Bit version of Firefox from here. The next planned update is Firefox 44 due for release in late January 2016.

Modify Firefox settings on the Web

"Firefox Profilemaker is an online tool that enables you to make configuration changes to Firefox by exporting those changes either to a Firefox profile or saving them as a prefs.js file instead for existing profiles.
"The idea is very similar to that of ConfigFox, a third-party program for Firefox that provides you with options to configure security, privacy and other Firefox settings which in turn is based on our privacy and security settings listing for the browser.
"The online tool walks you through seven configuration pages, each listing a distinct set of features and options to either enable or disable it. ..."
Source: gHacks Tech News
 Firefox Profilemaker: modify Firefox settings on the Web

Mitchel Baker: Thunderbird Update

Note: While this post mostly pertains to Mozilla's other project, Thunderbird I still felt it was important to post this here as to remind people that while Thunderbird is very different from Firefox, they are still both 'interconnected' within the Mozilla Foundation in regards to technical resources. Mitchel Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation has posted an update on her blog about Thunderbird. She assures us that Mozilla is not 'dropping' Thunderbird. But, at the same time it is no longer effective for Thunderbird and Firefox to share the same technical infrastructure.
Firefox and Thunderbird have diverging needs. Firefox needs to move at the speed of the Web, and needs to bring the things we love about the Web into the world of mobile, social, data and the cloud. That’s a fiercely competitive setting with high consequences. We need to be laser-focused if we want to move these parts of online life towards the traits of individual user centrality and control, openness, interoperability and a level playing field. Thunderbird is a valuable and respected open source project, with different parameters. In my message on Monday I noted that planning for the future should be based on the need to plan for a future where the technical infrastructure of Firefox and Thunderbird are separate.
However, there could be a time where Thunderbird moves away from Mozilla.
I also noted that we should look at whether Mozilla remains the best organizational and legal home for Thunderbird. This is a separate question from the technical infrastructure. This question is much more wide open. I don’t know what the answer will be. It could be that Mozilla remains the best home, based on history, affiliation and shared community. It could also be that a home geared to open source projects of Thunderbird’s size and scope is better suited. I can imagine either being the case. We have decided to separate the technical infrastructure and to explore what is best for Thunderbird and for the Mozilla project as a whole.
via Lizard Wrangling

Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment

"It's no secret Mozilla has been toying with ideas to monetise Firefox, with one experiment including advertisement-filled home page tiles. After trialling the feature for a while, Mozilla has decided to give it the axe. ..."
Source: Lifehacker Australia
 Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment From Firefox

Win64 Firefox IS here…

...starting with Firefox 42 but you need to go to the Mozilla FTP site in order to download it. Once you click the link, find the most current version of Firefox and click that link, then click on the win64 link. Choose your localized (language) build then download the .exe setup file. At sometime in the future, the Win64 build will be offered directly from the Firefox downloads page. Per Bug 1181014, 32-bit Windows users who are running 64-Bit version of Windows will be offered an updated to the 64-bit version. This likely won't happen until sometime next year after some more testing is done to insure this won't create new problems.

Silverlight Support Returning To 64-Bit Firefox

At least for a while as Mozilla still plans on deprecating Silverlight support sometime in the future (much as Google and Microsoft already have). Bug 1225293 which was made public today indicates Mozilla's short term plans to support Silverlight in the Win64 builds. When exactly Silverlight will return to the Firefox 64-Bit builds is not exactly known. It could (but not likely) be with Firefox 43 already in Beta and due out December 15th, 2015 or (more likely) Firefox 44 still in Developer's Edition (Aurora) and due out in late January 2016 or Firefox 45 currently in Nightly builds and due out early March 2016. Besides Netflix and Amazon, there are many other small regional VOD services which utilize Silverlight. So going forward both Flash and Silverlight (for a while) will be supported in the Win64 releases of Firefox. We will post an updated when we get more info as to which release of Firefox this will land.