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[Link] Firefox to Block Silverlight and Java, but not Flash

Post icon  Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:47 PM

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To improve security and cut crashes, Firefox will block plug-ins including Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Reader, Apple's QuickTime and Oracle's Java, Mozilla said.

Only the newest version of Adobe Systems' Flash Player will be run by default, said Michael Coates, Mozilla's director of security assurance, in a blog post yesterday.

Plug-ins extend a browser's ability to run software or handle different media and file formats, but that extra ability opens new avenues for attack. They've been a staple of Web development for years, but browser makers are working hard to reproduce their abilities directly with Web standards that don't require plug-ins.

http://news.cnet.com...-but-not-flash/

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Re: [Link] Firefox to Block Silverlight and Java, but not Flash

Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:25 AM

Call me paranoid, but I smell an anti-Microsoft technologies scheme here.
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Now I've read the article, my (out-of-place)paranoia has been put to rest. :)

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Re: [Link] Firefox to Block Silverlight and Java, but not Flash

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:58 PM

Isn't letting Flash in and excluding everything else a bit like saying that Vanilla Ice can perform at your venue, but not Florence + The Machine or Xx?
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Re: [Link] Firefox to Block Silverlight and Java, but not Flash

Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:09 AM

View Posth4nnib4l, on 28 February 2013 - 02:58 PM, said:

Isn't letting Flash in and excluding everything else a bit like saying that Vanilla Ice can perform at your venue, but not Florence + The Machine or Xx?

Well, macosxnerd's post was a bit misleading. It's phrased in the same manner Faux News would interpret Obama saying he liked Coke as declaring war on Pepsi.

The article continues on to a couple important points. This is just a default setting and can be changed, and the reason is to prevent automatic execution of bad code that often causes Firefox to crash. It's basically a sort of built-in NoScript.

Nothing alarming. You'll still be able to use silverlight and java unhindered, you'll just have to click "yes, let this run" first or turn off the prompt.
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