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Posts from August, 2012

Java 7 Update Notification Now Live

A serious Java vulnerability was made public earlier this week, which is being actively exploited by attackers. Oracle released an update that fixed this vulnerability today, so we are now moving ahead to encourage all users to move to this new version. We have enabled an update notification that will show up every time a… Continue reading

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Add-on Compatibility for Firefox 15

Firefox 15 will be released tomorrow (sorry for the late post!). Here’s a list of changes that went into Firefox 15 that can affect add-on compatibility. There is more information available in Firefox 15 for Developers, so you should read that too. General Remove support for Chrome -> Content leaks. This bug fix has been… Continue reading

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Categories: compatibility, developers, documentation

Exposing add-on objects to content safely

Add-ons often need to interact with page content, and mixing privileged and unprivileged code can be tricky thing to get right without compromising security. Unintentionally exposing privileged objects to web content is a major security concern, which is why bug 553102 came about. The idea behind this bug is simple: if you need to share… Continue reading

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Add-ons Update – Week of 2012/08/20

I post these updates every 3 weeks to inform add-on developers about the status of the review queues, add-on compatibility, and other happenings in the add-ons world. The Review Queues Most nominations for full review are taking less than 10 days to review. Most updates are being reviewed within 1 week. Most preliminary reviews are… Continue reading

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New Java Blocklist

The June 2012 update to the Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) included a patch to correct a critical vulnerability that can permit the loading of arbitrary code on an end-user’s computer. This vulnerability—present in the older versions of the JDK and JRE—is actively being exploited, and is a potential risk to… Continue reading

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Winners of the Favorite Add-ons Contest

The judging phase is complete, the community has voted, and three winners have been selected in the Favorite Add-ons Contest! Congratulations to Caroline P., Jason K., and Josh R., who each received an Android tablet. A huge thanks to everyone who participated—it’s your passion and support that carried us over the 3 billion download mark!… Continue reading

Categories: contests, end users