Mozilla scraps extension sideloading over malware fears

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  1. mood

    mood Updates Team

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    Mozilla scraps extension sideloading over malware fears
    Installation methods will need to be updated after 10 March 2020
    November 1, 2019

    https://www.itpro.co.uk/network-int...raps-extension-sideloading-over-malware-fears
    Mozilla: Firefox to discontinue sideloaded extensions
     
  2. Rasheed187

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    Why was this possible in the first place, that is the true question. :rolleyes:
     
  3. mirimir

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    Freedom to install whatever additions you want, maybe?
     
  4. Rasheed187

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    Well, seems like a huge risk giving apps the option to invisibly install extensions that users can't even uninstall via the extensions-manager.
     
  5. mirimir

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    Yeah, I suppose.

    Sometimes I've wanted add-ons that weren't available through Mozilla. So I downloaded, and then did "install add-on from file".

    So is that "sideloading"? Maybe not, because there's no "executable application installer" involved.

    And if it's not, I was just confused.
     
  6. plat1098

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    An example of "sounds great in theory." Mozilla tried somethng out, the risks were too high. Good for them to have removed this capability. .:thumb:
     
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