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Windows 7: The use of WebExtensions present a security vulnerability

3 Weeks Ago   #1
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
The use of WebExtensions present a security vulnerability

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Malicious websites can exploit browser extension APIs to execute code inside the browser and steal sensitive information such as bookmarks, browsing history, and even user cookies.

The latter, an attacker can use to hijack a user's active login sessions and access sensitive accounts, such as email inboxes, social media profiles, or work-related accounts.
Furthermore, the same extension APIs can also be abused to trigger the download of malicious files and store them on the user device, and store and retrieve data in an extension's permanent storage, data that can later be used to track users across the web.
Websites can steal browser data via extensions APIs | ZDNet


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Informative post F22 Simpilot!
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just another reason why I use Pale Moon. It's not perfect, but WebExtensions are trash, and why Google and then FF decided to go with them is beyond me.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.1 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
 
 
I knew this would happen!

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I thought the whole point of wrecking browsers, so they must use WebExtensions, was that WebExtensions were more secure than XUL.


Glad I switched to Pale Moon many years ago.

I use FF in Linux Mint and the new FF is awful.
It has random glitches like the Address Bar expanding to the full width of the screen and pushing all the buttons out of sight.


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2 Weeks Ago   #5
Melchior

Windows 7 ULTIMATE (SP1)(x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Just another reason why I use Pale Moon. It's not perfect, but WebExtensions are trash, and why Google and then FF decided to go with them is beyond me.
I use Waterfox... but it crashes so much I have had to use Firefox and forgo the use of all the extensions I use...
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, there's always Pale Moon and it does use XUL add-ons. So if your add-ons are XUL-based it will work. But, many websites don't like Pale Moon, especially its user agent. So to help combat that I use the add-on UAControl and make my user agent look like Firefox and update that as Firefox comes out with new versions. Right now it's Firefox 65. They change versions so often it really is a PITA. Albeit, most websites won't bark much if you're a few versions behind I imagine.

You can stay abreast of Firefox versions here: Mozilla Firefox Web Browser — Mozilla Firefox Release Notes — Mozilla
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2 Weeks Ago   #7
Melchior

Windows 7 ULTIMATE (SP1)(x64)
 
 

most of my addons are XUL.... but I do use some Web Ex. addons as my others get converted or at least those that can be converted.. for most of the XUL based addons this cannot be done...
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1 Week Ago   #8
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Well, there's always Pale Moon and it does use XUL add-ons. So if your add-ons are XUL-based it will work. But, many websites don't like Pale Moon, especially its user agent. So to help combat that I use the add-on UAControl and make my user agent look like Firefox and update that as Firefox comes out with new versions. Right now it's Firefox 65. They change versions so often it really is a PITA. Albeit, most websites won't bark much if you're a few versions behind I imagine.

You can stay abreast of Firefox versions here: Mozilla Firefox Web Browser — Mozilla Firefox Release Notes — Mozilla

I'm on FF 52.9ESR. I don't see UAContol on the AMO site. I need it too, for online work.
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1 Week Ago   #9
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melchior View Post
most of my addons are XUL.... but I do use some Web Ex. addons as my others get converted or at least those that can be converted.. for most of the XUL based addons this cannot be done...
How about SeaMonkey?
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1 Week Ago   #10
Melchior

Windows 7 ULTIMATE (SP1)(x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
I'm on FF 52.9ESR. I don't see UAContol on the AMO site. I need it too, for online work.
IF UAContol is a legacy extension you will not find it anymore on AMO because all legacy extensions were removed from AMO..
Seamonkey? idk never used it..
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