Firefox is a Web browser that is smaller, faster, and in some ways more secure than the Netscape browser from which much of its code was derived.

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What security risks does Firefox 19's built-in PDF reader (pdf.js) bring?

Firefox 19 ships with pdf.js as the default PDF reader. One of the main stated goals is to reduce the exposure of users to the often vulnerable Adobe PDF reader/plugin. So what new risks does pdf.js ...
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Firefox pre-downloading

I've found out that if you download a file with Firefox, a similar window as this one pops up (in dutch in my case): ("Bestand opslaan" = "Save file") However, the file is already being ...
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Are official browser add-ons really safe?

Almost any browser addon/extension that I install on my Chrome or Firefox (be it Firebug, RESTClient, ...) warns me, saying: It [the add-on] can: Access your data on all website Access ...
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What should I look for when auditing a Firefox extension / plugin?

I've been asked to do a security audit on a Firefox add-on developed by a third party. I am a web developer with a reasonable grasp of JavaScript but am not a browser security expert. What kinds of ...
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Can a Firefox add-on or plug-in access the user's websites' saved passwords in decrypted mode?

Going deeper into the previous question on Firefox plugins and add-ons malware risks: Could a Firefox add-on potentially decode and capture the encrypted websites' passwords saved in the browser?
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Any tool for scanning vulnerabilities in browser extensions?

I am scanning browser extensions of Chrome and Firefox for vulnerabilities. Is there any tool which would help me do this?
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Do I have to harden IE if I'm only using Firefox?

Assume a Windows 7 system (probably whatever home version comes with the machine), with the latest OS patches, latest IE and latest Firefox. Also assume that the user uses only Firefox for browsing, ...
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Is “Fingerprint Check” enough to verify HTTPS certificates?

So I'm at place A, see this sign: and I'm writing the fingerprints to a piece of paper (this website is just an example): Ok. Then, I go to place B (other country, etc.) then I check this ...
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Comparison between Firefox password manager and chrome password manager

As a follow up to Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?, I would like to know how firefox's password manager compares, if you have a master password and ...
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How to sandbox Iceweasel (Firefox) on Debian? [closed]

Are there any tools for sandboxing Iceweasel (Firefox) on Debian systems? I'm mostly interested in tools distributed by Debian. (An equally trustworthy source would be second best.) (I suppose that ...
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HOWTO : Email encryption in a browser

I have read about encryption and I think it's a good idea for me to encrypt my email. I run ubuntu 12.10 and use Firefox for browsing. In my quest for learning how to use gmail/hotmail to send and ...
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Is this a security flaw in Firefox 18.0?

I had a couple of .mht files which opened in IE, a browser I never use. I renamed their extension to .HTML to run it in Firefox. When I opened the file in Firefox, Firefox created new tabs endlessly. ...
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How do some sites detect AdBlock Plus? [closed]

For example this one disables function if AdBlock plus is detected, and it works. Is there a way to circumvent this?
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Can webpages recognize that I saved my password?

If you save your logins in Firefox, username and password are auto-filled-in in corresponding webpages as soon as you visit them (if you have more than 1 account saved, you'd have to select a username ...
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Why did firefox remove Javascript injection on address bar?

Why did firefox remove Javascript injection on address bar? Someone said it was a security issue. What security issues could there be?
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Password management in Firefox, Chrome and Safari

I just read a couple of very interesting discussions on Chrome password security strategy. Chrome’s insane password security strategy Showing stored passwords - Tim Berners-Lee The following is how ...
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I accidentally installed an adware filled Firefox [solved]

I installed Firefox using a download site, rather than the correct site. After running and installing Firefox I noticed my Chrome had an addon called swift browser added to it by a third party. After ...
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FireFox's restore previous session restores logins authenticated by server's sessions

In a website I'm building when I login, close FireFox, open FireFox and try to go to the website again I must login again (as expected) BUT if I select "Restore Previous Session" I am logged in again. ...
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Do most browsers handle mixed encrypted and unencrypted content correctly?

In Google Chrome, when I go to an encrypted page that contains unencrypted content, I get the following pop-down, which allows me to either load or not load the insecure content, making a clear ...
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How does Firefox securely store my SSL certificate?

I'm currently testing a free personal SSL certificate (S/MIME client / authentication) from https://www.startssl.com, which installed directly into Firefox. Now when I store backup, I have to enter a ...
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Why firefox shows some connections are not secure?

I am using internet by connecting mobile phone to my laptop using usb. From yesterday,my browser (firefox) shows for all most all website. Why this happen? How can i solve this?
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how to view extension privileges in firefox

In Google Chrome, I can go to chrome://extensions/ and click "permissions" to view the permissions that an installed extension has been granted. I cannot find an equivalent in Firefox. Is there such ...
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Why warning sign when visiting https-website? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I visit a website using HTTPS, I get a warning sign next to the URL in my browser (see screenshot; look for yellow/orange arrow) and I wonder if this marks a potential threat or an ...
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Firefox Flash plugin malware?

I am running firefox 11 on ubuntu 10.04 and every time I close the program it continues to run in the background. What worries me even more is that the flash plugin is also running in the background: ...
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If I use a good Master Password in Firefox, is security improved when I Remember Passwords instead of re-type?

In the old days I would emphasize that people should not select the remember passwords option because (besides the fact you tend to forget what the browser remembers) a bad guy could could display the ...
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FireFox Download Source

While downloading the latest version of Firefox for Mac, i took a peek at the source. The names don't look legit but i am not that familiar with how CDNs work. I hit download multiple times and ...
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Can Tamper Data (the plugin) modify multipart requests?

I'm doing some testing on my web app with Tamper Data. I've had success with Tamper Data in the past for normal HTTP post requests, but in this particular case I want to modify a post request that ...
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How Browsers prevents Malware and Phishing attacks

I want to know how phishing and malware protection features are implemented in modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. Are these features heuristic based, or do browsers maintain a list of ...
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How to block web-sites from viewing browsing history within firefox?

How can I block websites in Firefox from viewing my browsing history within my browser cache? For example; I've done some Google searches that Amazon is now starting to use to target advertise; the ...
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Different SSL states as seen by Safari, Chrome and Firefox

Today, I visited some sites of the German DHL group. While Chrome and Safari complain about an invalid certificate of Firefox accepts it. Which one is right, which one is wrong? Which decision ...
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Username and password stored under form data in Chrome Dev Tools

When I record the network tab in Chrome Developer Tools when logging in to my site I find that the username and password are stored in plaintext under form data. You can also find it in Safari, ...
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How does the Perspective addon work?

I've just installed the Perspetive addon in firefox. When I'm vistit, for example google, Perspective says the following message: Warning: Perspectives has NOT seen this certificate consistently. ...
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Should I use a Firefox master password or NTFS encrypt my profile?

As a follow-up to another question, is the encryption via Firefox' master password more secure than simply NTFS encrypting the profile folder? I.e. is there a convincing reason to add the ...
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How to sign and encrypt mails using firefox

There is an option under Tools>options>Advanced>Security Devices. How to use that to encrypt and digitally signed your emails.
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Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer

I need help with a security issue concerning this code that has just been popping up recently as I visit my favorite websites. Based on some past history I KNOW something is not right, and I am not ...
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How to harden a “dedicated” Firefox?

I want to set up an instance of Firefox to be used to access a strictly limited "white list" of websites (my bank's, my credit cards', etc.). How can I harden such an instance of Firefox to reduce ...
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Canvas and Firefox

I have received this notification on Tor Browser (Firefox). What is it?
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Which is a safe way to record Firefox passwords in Gnome Seahorse Keyring?

Here is a question that I asked on "AskUbuntu" and I've been suggested to ask it here: Searching for answers about ways to record Firefox passwords in Gnome Seahorse Keyring vault, I found severals ...
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Is it possible to block third party cookies but allow them when they are first party?

I have been using Cookie Monster in Firefox for a while now to great satisfaction. However, I haven't found a way to allow cookies like Google's on Google's services but block them when I visit other ...
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Trying to verify my X509 certificate “could not verify this certificate for unknown reasons”

I have created my own X509 certificate with my own CA. I am able to import the CA certificate into Firefox, but when I try to import the user's certificates i get the following: "Could not verify ...
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Configure Firefox against malicious 302 redirect from a embedded image resource?

Today my friend demonstrated such a attack. I am using RenRen, a social networking website in a way very like Facebook in China. And I saw an article he wrote. Actually there is only an "image" ...
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Firefox detected an invalid SSL certificate

February 14, 2012 UTC: Yesterday, I connected to a website of a VPN provider for which Firefox 8.0.1 on Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64 stated that its' SSL certificate is invalid. I saved the received ...
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Retrieving saved password from Firefox on Linux [closed]

I know there are ways to get the cookies from browsers in Windows and retrieve and decrypt saved passwords from them. Is there a similar way to do so on CentOS?
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How securely use Firefox Add-on to prevent steal data?

Some videos on YouTube demonstrate how a Firefox extension can collect login information used to login to websites such as Facebook. After installing this tool/malware as Firefox Add-on, I observed ...
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Can malware cause firefox to send GET requests?

Is it possible for a site to host malware such that if a certain page is accessed, Firefox is made to send additional GET requests? I'm seeing traffic for attacks coming from me that I haven't done. ...
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Firefox can import the .p12 format, but that contains a private key? Isnt this a security risk?

Everywhere I go, people tell me the private keys need to be kept away, possibly even locked into a safe then how come Firefox and other keystores expect you to give them a private key? Firefox is a ...
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Java is running even after it is disabled [closed]

To prevent adds and pop-up that seduce users to install or download viruses I have disabled Java. But I have noticed that even with Java disables Firefox is still running it. The pop-ups are coming ...
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programs or methods to review Internet browser applications for security [closed]

I've been tasked with doing a security review on a Firefox update, but we don't have any utilities that we can find. How would we go about running a security review on Firefox before pushing it to ...
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Running browser as different user (in Linux)

On the ArchWiki, it is suggested, as a security measure, to run skype as a different user. My question is: would this make sense for the browser? I use firefox with NoScript and AdBlock, but also need ...
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Firefox Add-ons: “x” as Add-on name? [closed]

Is this normal? Why is the Add-on named "x"? - not just this one, any add-on that I want to install named "x".. Why? p.s.: from the https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ site