Mozilla Drops Unannouced Extension Into Quantum

Discussion in 'Security News' started by AtlBo, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. AtlBo

    AtlBo Level 22

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    Got this from the Qihoo news app. Looked in extensiions and sure enough it was there:

    Mozilla faces blowback after slipping Mr Robot plugin into Firefox

    I thought Mozilla was dedicated to more secure computing, but this goes hard against that trend. This is a creepy as $%^& activity for Mozilla to get into. It's gone now from PCs here, but who knows what was in the add on...
     
  2. Prorootect

    Prorootect Level 46

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    From your theverge.com link:
    "There are several scary things about this:

    - Unknown Mozilla developers can distribute addons to users without their permission

    - Mozilla developers can distribute addons to users without their knowledge

    - Mozilla developers themselves don't realise the consequences of doing this

    - Experiments are not explicitly enabled by users

    - Opening the addons window reverts configuration changes which disable experiments

    - The only way to properly disable this requires fairly arcane knowledge Firefox preferences (lockpref(), which I'd never heard of until today)"


    Hey Mozilla, bad move!
     
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  3. Lightning_Brian

    Lightning_Brian Level 7

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    I'm not thrilled with this what-so-ever. I saw this on my computer this morning and took it off on sight and scanned the world out of my computer. All came up clean, but I will report back if I see anything.

    Thanks for posting this on MT! Watch out and keep your eyes open folks. Not good...
     
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  4. upnorth

    upnorth Level 11

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  5. rockstarrocks

    rockstarrocks Level 14

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    That was stupid of Mozilla, I am saying stupid cause for all other guys (who doesn't watch the show) it was irritating, like an Ad.
    They have done this before by integrating 'Pocket'. It was forced on all users. Just not cool.
     
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  6. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Level 8

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    I just checked my install and don't have that extension installed.
     
  7. Entreri

    Entreri Level 6

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    What? That is a horrible decision by Mozilla, are they trying to copy M$ by installing things without the user's permission?

    I checked my Firefox, fortunately it did not have this extension either.
     
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  8. spaceoctopus

    spaceoctopus Level 10

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    Mozilla playing with fire.Bad move!(n)
     
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  9. Faybert

    Faybert Level 10
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    Interesting, negative point for Mozilla. But the funny thing is Qihoo talking about it, Qihoo, which in addition to being weak, picks up your data and sells it to third parties.
     
  10. upnorth

    upnorth Level 11

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  11. grumpy_joe

    grumpy_joe Level 1

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    Me neither ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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