Mozilla allows final mandatory signature add-ons in Firefox further

Jan

25

2016

Mozilla allows mandating a signature of the company with add-ons to version 46 of the Firefox browser. The developer wants to include first introduce an add-on related functionality in Firefox 45 before finally implement the measures.

Mozilla Firefox logo in 2013 Mozilla has announced that it is introducing the obligation postpones signing for several reasons. First, the company wants in Firefox 45 introduce the possibility for add-on developers need to be able to temporarily install unsigned add-ons that do not restart. The company also says all this add-on developers to be able to give the time to get a signature from Mozilla before version 46 is released.

Mozilla originally wanted the measure last year have already been implemented. With the current release version of Firefox, number 43, are signatures of the company is already a requirement for the installation of an add-on. The option now but to turn off for those who want it: in the about: config menu, users must then put the xpinstall.signatures.required-string false. When Mozilla speaks about the obligation of final signatures on add-ons, the company aims at removing this option. Also add-ons that are not hosted on Mozilla will then be signed.

Signing is a way that Mozilla is trying to ensure that add-ons for its browser free of major bugs and malware. Since a year ago, the company is busy with the transition to signed add-ons. Then said Mozilla no ‘walled garden’ of wanting to make his add-on market and thus would not need to have signature external add-ons. An FAQ on the Mozilla wiki shows that the company has since stepped down from that position. Version 46 of Firefox is scheduled for release on April 19 of this year.

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