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Logins and Passwords is requesting my system password

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Firefox Browser (76.0? &) 76.0.1 64-bit (new behaviour described below presented prior to browser restart to get to 76.0.1) asking for system password just to see stored passwords ... is this a legitimate change to Firefox's Security implementation(s)? Or is there some malware associated with Firefox and / or on my Win 7 Pro SP1 64-bit OS system waiting to pounce on my (Administrator-level) system password? FYI - I do not, and, never have, used a Master Password within Firefox.

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Hello K_McIntosh,

Would you please take a look at this article;   it will explain what you are seeing :

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/lockwise-password-authentication-prompt

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In case you don't want to see that prompt every time :

Type in the address bar   about:config   and press Enter.
(ignore the warning)

Type in the search bar and look for the preference :

signon.management.page.os-auth.enabled

Change its value to false.

Then close and restart Firefox.

(this preference may be removed sometime in the near future )

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Hello K_McIntosh,

Would you please take a look at this article;   it will explain what you are seeing :

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/lockwise-password-authentication-prompt

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In case you don't want to see that prompt every time :

Type in the address bar   about:config   and press Enter.
(ignore the warning)

Type in the search bar and look for the preference :

signon.management.page.os-auth.enabled

Change its value to false.

Then close and restart Firefox.

(this preference may be removed sometime in the near future )

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Thank you McCoy for your extremely rapid and helpful response ... I appreciate it ...

This change to Firefox's behaviour is unwelcome ... another little slice of life lost to the digital realm ... especially since no specific browser Restart / Re-launch prompt advised me of this new Security functionality.

Thank you for the about:config solution - it has been implemented. K_McIntosh

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I'm glad that I could help.

In case you'd like to submit feedback   -   let them know how you feel about this   -   you can do so by using this link :

https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/

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I did submit feedback ... prior to posting here ... enough time spent on this ... thanks again.