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Windows 7: Your Firefox extensions are all disabled? That's a bug!

2 Weeks Ago   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Your Firefox extensions are all disabled? That's a bug!

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Many Firefox users around the world are browsing without their usual set of extensions after they suddenly stopped working earlier this evening. The event occurred as the clock rolled over on UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, aka GMT or Greenwich Mean Time), and impacted users quickly narrowed it down to "expiration of intermediate signing cert" -- as it's described on Mozilla's bug tracker.
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Some Firefox users started to notice that installed browser extensions were all disabled in the web browser suddenly. Extensions would display "could not be verified for use in Firefox and has been disabled" messages in the add-ons manager of the browser. Firefox would display "One or more installed add-ons cannot be verified and have been disabled" at the top as a notification next to that.

Affected extensions include LastPass, Ghostery, Download Manager (S3), Dark Mode, Honey, uBlock Origin, Greasemonkey, NoScript, and others.

Update: Mozilla started to roll out a fix for Release, Beta, and Nightly versions of Firefox. The fix uses Mozilla Studies, and you need to make sure that this is enabled to get it. Mozilla notes that you may disable Studies again after the fix is applied and add-ons have been re-enabled. You need to make sure that "Allow Firefox to install and run studies" is checked on about references#privacy.
Your Firefox extensions are all disabled? Thats a bug! - gHacks Tech News

Firefox disabled all add-ons because a certificate expired (updated)

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Update 3 (5/4, 7:30 AM ET): The team has announced a hotfix is rolling out now. It's applied in the background, so you shouldn't have to do anything to receive it. However, to make sure you get it right away, you can follow these instructions:
In order to be able to provide this fix on short notice, we are using the Studies system. You can check if you have studies enabled by going to Firefox Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Allow Firefox to install and run studies.

You can disable studies again after your add-ons have been re-enabled.

We rolled out a hotfix that re-enables affected add-ons. The fix will be automatically applied in the background within the next few hours.
For more details, please check out the update at https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/certificate-issue-causing-add-ons-to-be-disabled-or-fail-to-install/39047/14

Mozilla Add-ons (@mozamo) May 4, 2019
So sorry for the issue we're having with add-ons right now!

We're working hard to fix it and will keep you updated.

Firefox 🔥 (@firefox) May 4, 2019
No ETA for the fix yet; we're waiting on test results before making decision.

Mozilla Add-ons (@mozamo) May 4, 2019
Temporary workaround posted here if you can't wait for the fix:

As of 12:00 am UTC, nearly all Firefox extensions are disabled. Itt work. : firefox


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
ranett

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I shelved it until they get their act together.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
svnfrms2r

w7u64
 
 

This QuickFIX worked for me (and helps avoid similar screw-ups):
#1 disable auto-update for FF and add-ons
#2 disable studies
#3 go to URL "about:config" and set "xpinstall.signatures.required" to "false"
#4 close browser
#5 restart and enjoy the old world w/o being remote controlled

PS: make a backup or sys restore point before updating your browser (ideally only manually, as not even FF can be trusted anymore, screwed up by goog/m$ft/etc)

PPS: worth a read: All extensions disabled due to expiration of intermediate signing cert | Hacker News
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
spc3rd

Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The 4 Add-ons I had in FF just became disabled about an hour ago. Any idea of just how long it will take for them to come back via whatever "fix" Mozilla is sending out?

Thanks for any info.

[UPDATE @ 6:49 P.M.]

Just got my 4 Addons back.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
jc836

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit Laptops
 
 
Easy fix - no hack required

BACKUP Bookmarks before doing this!!

The simple fix I found is to completely uninstall Firefox 66.0.3. I used Revo and the Advanced setting in it for the Registry entries. I rebooted and performed a Custom install. You will be able to install you Extensions, Themes and Plugins again.
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
poorguy

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

I just updated Firefox to 66.04 and installed my one and only extension ublock origin and all is well.
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2 Weeks Ago   #7
Struggling7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by poorguy View Post
I just updated Firefox to 66.04 and installed my one and only extension ublock origin and all is well.
I also only had ublock origin extension but mine never disappeared on 66.0.3 version. Don’t know if it matters but my system is (32bit) and on Win 7 Home Premium.
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2 Weeks Ago   #8
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by svnfrms2r View Post
This QuickFIX worked for me (and helps avoid similar screw-ups):
#1 disable auto-update for FF and add-ons
#2 disable studies
#3 go to URL "about:config" and set "xpinstall.signatures.required" to "false"
#4 close browser
#5 restart and enjoy the old world w/o being remote controlled

PS: make a backup or sys restore point before updating your browser (ideally only manually, as not even FF can be trusted anymore, screwed up by goog/m$ft/etc)

PPS: worth a read: All extensions disabled due to expiration of intermediate signing cert | Hacker News

This is exactly what I did for my parent's computer. Does the signature require pref mean that add-ons won't look for a Sig and thus bypass any future issue like this again?
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2 Weeks Ago   #9
TBugReporter

Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)
 
 

Okay, since the folks at Mozilla themselves have labeled this travesty as "ArmagAdd-on 2.0", why didn't they learn their lesson from "ArmagAdd-on 1.0" (whatever that was)?
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2 Weeks Ago   #10
poorguy

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TBugReporter View Post
Okay, since the folks at Mozilla themselves have labeled this travesty as "ArmagAdd-on 2.0", why didn't they learn their lesson from "ArmagAdd-on 1.0" (whatever that was)?
People make mistakes .. we're all human.

It's not mistakes that are the problem (they're to be expected from time to time, EVERYONE makes them), it's how they're handled when they're made that counts.
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