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Title: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: Bigoeuf on May 04, 2019, 06:06:34 am
Morning
Whilst using Firefox just all my extensions suddenly were made 'legacy & no longer supported by Firefox' since then a notice banner appeared when I tried to reinstall the extensions:
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Due to a certificate issue, add-ons are not working and will fail to install. We are currently working on this issue and you can track updates at https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/certificate-issue-causing-add-ons-to-be-disabled-or-fail-to-install/39047/
No fixed as of this moment - hopefully soon
 ;)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 06:29:45 am
Thanks for the heads up Bigoeuf :)

[EDIT]

Okay I'm getting this too .. you can read about it here
https://www.ghacks.net/2019/05/04/your-firefox-extensions-are-all-disabled-thats-a-bug/

Seems Mozilla need to fix this at their end by issuing new signatures (or fixing their certificate handling) ::)

C'mon Mozilla pull your finger out .. I can live without most extensions (for a short while), but I **MUST** have uBlock Origin >:(

[EDIT 2]

Okay as a temporary workaround (whilst Mozilla get their act together), in Firefox go to
about:config
search for the key
xpinstall.signatures.required
and set it to "false"
(only do this if you feel you can trust the addons you have installed .. and probably best not to install any new ones yet)

But remember to set it back to "true" when Mozilla announce it is fixed (at Bigoeuf's link) .. they are currently working on the problem
https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/certificate-issue-causing-add-ons-to-be-disabled-or-fail-to-install/39047
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: scifidude79 on May 04, 2019, 07:23:37 am
Yeah, thanks. I guess that explains why I can't install any extensions. ::)

I remember them doing stuff like this in the past, and you just have to wait for the extension authors to upload new versions.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: Slim.Fatz on May 04, 2019, 07:53:27 am
Hi PCNetSpec,

Unfortunately your changes do not work. It seems that they might work for people using the Firefox Nightly or Developer versions, but otherwise we just are forced to wait it out.  ::)

What a PITA !!  :-X

Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: scifidude79 on May 04, 2019, 07:57:02 am
Yeah, PITA is right. Especially when you go to a site that has extremely annoying ads, including videos that auto play. It makes me miss my ad blocker and disable HTML5 auto play add-ons. :(
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 08:02:11 am
Hi PCNetSpec,

Unfortunately your changes do not work. It seems that they might work for people using the Firefox Nightly or Developer versions, but otherwise we just are forced to wait it out.  ::)

What a PITA !!  :-X

Regards,

-- Slim

Working for me in FF 66.03 (standard edition) :-\

Maybe I have a FF profile from an earlier version.

Why doesn't it work ? .. is there no such key in a new profile ? .. if so maybe you could create the key as it is obviously acted upon if present (at least it is for me).
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: scifidude79 on May 04, 2019, 08:08:14 am
No, that actually did work just fine. Thanks Mark.  8)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 08:09:26 am
:)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: perknh on May 04, 2019, 08:22:21 am
Yeah, last night I was introducing a friend to Firefox, and I wanted him to have a good first impression of Firefox.  So then he asked me if I could have it block ads...and then the fun began with Firefox's extensions (https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/03/a-glitch-is-breaking-all-firefox-extensions/)! ::)

Next week I'll give it another try.  At least I was able to put Peppermint's search engine as its default. ;)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 08:37:01 am
Nicely done perknh :)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: scifidude79 on May 04, 2019, 08:47:21 am
I use DuckDuckGo everywhere. I don't need Google tracking every little search I do. ::)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: Slim.Fatz on May 04, 2019, 09:11:36 am
Hi PCNetSpec,

I have the key in my Firefox 66.0.3 but changing it to false does not allow me to activate the deactivated add-ons.  :-\

I closed Firefox and restarted it but that did not change anything... maybe I should reboot?

Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: Slim.Fatz on May 04, 2019, 09:24:18 am
Hey! WTF ?!?

All add-ons just started working again before I went to try rebooting!  :-\ Well, I think I'll leave the key set at false -- at least until I see something about Mozerello having cleared up its problems.  :P

Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 09:31:51 am
Hi PCNetSpec,

I have the key in my Firefox 66.0.3 but changing it to false does not allow me to activate the deactivated add-ons.  :-\

I closed Firefox and restarted it but that did not change anything... maybe I should reboot?

Regards,

-- Slim

For me they just automatically re-enabled themselves as soon as I changed the setting .. the addon window still bitches about 'being careful' with them (with an amber background), but they definitely re-enabled.

[EDIT

On another PC addons seem to be working without me making the change .. uBlock Origin still can't download an update, but it's still enabled.

Maybe they've kinda half-fixed the isssue.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: Slim.Fatz on May 04, 2019, 09:42:37 am
Hi PCNetSpec,

I think they are fixing it. On my machines now there is no amber background. I'll still wait before changing the key back to true.

Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 10:14:00 am
Yeah (with it set to "true") the only one that's still giving me grief is uBlock Origin, all others are fine.

The difference with uBlock Origin is that it's wanting to download an update .. but it can't .. so that bit still needs fixing.

The good news is uBlock Origin still works .. it just can't download its update yet.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 02:17:00 pm
Nope, broken again :(

Time to apply the workaround :)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: 151tom on May 04, 2019, 10:49:00 pm
I'm using Antix 17.4.1 and Firefox ESR 60.6.1 and removed ublock Origin and I have zero adds showing up.

I'll be using Antix 17.4.1 until Firefox gets this problem solved.

What a bummer Firefox let this happen.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 04, 2019, 11:59:28 pm
People make mistakes .. we're all human :)

It's not mistakes that are the problem (they're to be expected from time to time, EVERYONE makes them), it's how they're handled when they're made that counts.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: scifidude79 on May 05, 2019, 12:36:42 am
I could swear I commented on this earlier. :-\

Anyway, they're working on it. Until they release a fix, just use the workaround.

I've been running Firefox since the beginning, and I can only remember one other time when extensions didn't work, back in the Firefox 4 days. FF4 was the last long release cycle, before they started the short release cycles where version numbers started increasing rapidly, and a lot of stuff went wonky back then. Still, I don't think two major issues with extensions in over 16 years is that bad of a track record. All leading browsers (and software in general) have the occasional major issue. No issue I can think of with Firefox can even compare to the massive issues Internet Explorer had back in the day, which is why I've never really used it much and have been a Mozilla fan since the beginning.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: Slim.Fatz on May 05, 2019, 03:30:40 am
I'm using Antix 17.4.1 and Firefox ESR 60.6.1 and removed ublock Origin and I have zero adds showing up.
Hi 151tom,

It's been published that the ESR version of Firefox is immune to this problem.

Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 05, 2019, 06:59:16 am
Okay you need to ensure the feature "Allow Firefox to install and run studies" is enabled for the fix to become active (they're using that feature to rollout the hotfix .. though apparently they're also working on a fix that doesn't require this to be enabled at least temporarily) .. you can disable "Allow Firefox to install and run studies" again after your addons come back active.

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2019/05/04/update-regarding-add-ons-in-firefox/

That worked for me, about 10 seconds after enabling that my addons became active again (though according to the blog post it could take considerably longer).

To check the fix has been applied, you can go to:-

about:studies

and see if there is a "hotfix-update-xpi-signing-intermediate-bug-1548973" study listed.
(You may also see “hotfix-reset-xpi-verification-timestamp-1548973” listed)

(don't you just love the way they called it "intermediate" :)))



And if you used the workaround posted earlier in this topic, remember to undo it.

To undo the earlier workaround, got to:-
about:config
search for the key:-
xpinstall.signatures.required
and set it to "true"
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: 151tom on May 05, 2019, 08:51:27 am
I'm using Antix 17.4.1 and Firefox ESR 60.6.1 and removed ublock Origin and I have zero adds showing up.
Hi 151tom,

It's been published that the ESR version of Firefox is immune to this problem.

Regards,

-- Slim
I don't know about that as my ublock origin was disabled and I'm unable to install any add ons.
I believe old versions of Firefox ESR uses a  different type of signature which may have something to do with it.


Somewhere in this link says that Firefox ESR has to get a separate fix for this.

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2019/05/04/update-regarding-add-ons-in-firefox/
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: perknh on May 05, 2019, 09:04:35 am
Your extensions should work in Firefox's ESR edition.  I installed Firefox ESR (https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/11/how-to-install-firefox-esr-in-ubuntu-or.html) on a friend's computer yesterday using the Mozilla team's PPA..  Firefox ESR is kept up to date in regards to security. ;)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: 151tom on May 05, 2019, 12:53:48 pm
Your extensions should work in Firefox's ESR edition.  I installed Firefox ESR (https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/11/how-to-install-firefox-esr-in-ubuntu-or.html) on a friend's computer yesterday using the Mozilla team's PPA..  Firefox ESR is kept up to date in regards to security. ;)
I completely removed the one and only extension I ever use ublock origin and I have zero extensions and zero adds.  :) ;D

I've never been a big fan of extensions / add ons and never found any need for any however ublock origin is nice to have on my non Firefox ESR browsers.

I'll wait until Firefox gets everything working again as I'm covered for now using Firefox ESR.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: perknh on May 05, 2019, 06:26:48 pm
I completely removed the one and only extension I ever use ublock origin and I have zero extensions and zero adds.  :) ;D

I'd say if I had to choose only one extension, uBlock Origin would probably the one I'd choose.  Its privacy policy (https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Privacy-policy) is as good as they come ;).

I completely removed the one and only extension I ever use ublock origin and I have zero extensions and zero adds.  :) ;D

I've never been a big fan of extensions / add ons and never found any need for any however ublock origin is nice to have on my non Firefox ESR browsers.

I'll wait until Firefox gets everything working again as I'm covered for now using Firefox ESR.

For years I've used open source extensions.  Recently I've started to experiment browsing without them.  So far, so good. :)

My new experiment is to go extension free, while mixing up what browser and OS I use.  I'm trying out the duck and dodge, or VinDSL's keep-'em-guessing approach to see how this experiment works out for me.  Right now Firefox, Firefox ESR, Waterfox and Brave browsers are getting my seals of approval regarding privacy. That said, I hate to see Windows 10's Edge browser go down.  As good as Google's Chromium, Chrome, and Android have to been to me personally, I hate to see any rendering engine go down -- including Microsoft's EdgeHTML .  I like seeing and having a diverse and open Internet.  IMO losing another rendering engine is good for no one -- not even for Google in the long run.  The demise of Edge will also increase the pressure on Firefox.  I mean, really, what will be left?  We'll have lots of Chromium-based browsers, Firefox (with very few branches) and Safari (that hardly anyone I know uses).  That's it...Ouch!!


Off topic -- a little about the loss of Edge browser and the implications of this loss.

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Why Microsoft is replacing Edge (and what comes next)

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Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: scifidude79 on May 05, 2019, 07:12:40 pm
I use uBlock Origin and Disable HTML5 Autoplay. The second is because some sites anymore are so rude that they have videos that start playing even if you don't click on them. Some ads are like that too. I never minded ads that were just banners, it's the animated ones, stuff that pops up in your tab to circumvent the pop-up blocker and video ads that annoy me.
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 05, 2019, 07:48:55 pm
It's pop-overs that annoy the heck outa me .. just getting interested in something, and BAM!!! something covers it up .. Grrrrr!!!!! >:(
(site mentally blacklisted)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: rayzer on May 07, 2019, 01:57:43 pm
for ublock try installing this.. xul-ext-ublock-origin
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: Bigoeuf on May 08, 2019, 07:25:19 am
Looks like all fixed now (for me anyway) with latest updates that upgrade to FF 66.0.4 - also confirmed here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/66.0.4/releasenotes/ (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/66.0.4/releasenotes/)

Though in the Release Notes it does make this caveat:

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A small number of add-ons may be listed as unsupported or may not appear in about:addons. Their data is not lost; users should be able to re-install the add-ons and recover the data

However FF 66.0.5 has already been release by Mozilla:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/66.0.5/releasenotes/ (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/66.0.5/releasenotes/)

that comments:

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Fixed    Further improvements to re-enable web extensions which had been disabled for users with a master password set

That will undoubtedly filter down through the Ubunutu/ Pepp Repos in due course  :)

Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 08, 2019, 08:04:06 am
Good to hear .. thanks Bigouef :)
Title: Re: Firefox Certificate Issues - Extensions etc
Post by: scifidude79 on May 08, 2019, 08:35:28 am
Yep, it's working great now.  ;D