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I'm getting Could not initialize the application's security component, when opening Firefox and I can't bookmark anymore, why?

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Here is the message I get when I open Firefox; Could not initialize the application's security component. The most likely cause is problems with files in your application's profile directory. Please check that this directory has no read/write restrictions and your hard disk is not full or close to full. It is recommended that you exit the application and fix the problem. If you continue to use this session, you might see incorrect application behaviour when accessing security features. Plus I can't bookmark anymore.

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • This plugin allows the user to quickly add people from the BluePages website to their Lotus Notes address book.
  • IE Tab Plug-in for Mozilla/Firefox
  • Citrix ICA Client Plugin (Win32)
  • 6.0.12.732
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.4.1"
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  • BrowserPlus -- Improve your browser! -- http://browserplus.yahoo.com/
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  • WebSphere Client Java Plug-in
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0 for Mozilla browsers
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  • Google Update
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.13) Gecko/20101203 (CK-IBM) Firefox/3.6.13 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
3.6.13
Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
Installed Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
IBM CCK
2.0.5
true
IBM-cck@firefox-extensions.ibm.com
Java Quick Starter
1.0
true
jqs@sun.com
Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
1.1
true
{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}
RealPlayer Browser Record Plugin
1.1.3
true
{ABDE892B-13A8-4d1b-88E6-365A6E755758}
Yahoo! Toolbar
1.3.0.20060829
false
{635abd67-4fe9-1b23-4f01-e679fa7484c1}
IE Tab Plus (IBM Edition)
1.95.20100930.1ibm
true
ietab@ip.cn
Modified Preferences
Name
Value
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
2
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
rv:1.9.2.13
extensions.lastAppVersion
3.6.13
general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet
(.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
keyword.URL
http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=ffds1&p=
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.last_vacuum
1294760882
print.print_printer
Lexmark Z25-Z35
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_bgcolor
false
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_bgimages
false
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_command
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_downloadfonts
false
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_edge_bottom
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_edge_left
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_edge_right
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_edge_top
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_evenpages
true
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_footercenter
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_footerleft
&PT
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_footerright
&D
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_headercenter
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_headerleft
&T
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_headerright
&U
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true
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0.5
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0.5
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_margin_right
0.5
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_margin_top
0.5
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_oddpages
true
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_orientation
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_pagedelay
500
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_paper_data
1
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_paper_height
11.00
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_paper_size_type
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_paper_size_unit
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_paper_width
8.50
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_reversed
false
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_scaling
1.00
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_shrink_to_fit
false
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_to_file
false
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0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_unwriteable_margin_left
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_unwriteable_margin_right
0
print.printer_Lexmark_Z25-Z35.print_unwriteable_margin_top
0
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
security.OCSP.URL
security.OCSP.signingCA
Builtin Object Token:IPS CLASE1 root
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false

cor-el
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Helpful Reply

Rename secmod.db (secmod.db.old) in the Profile Folder in case there is a problem with the file.

You may have to rename cert8.db (cert8.db.old) as well.
Firefox will create new files.

jilipolla 0 solutions 1 answers

Helpful Reply

Renaming/deleting secmod.db and cert8.db didn't work, I had to create a new profile as described at http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Manager

Sonny Wadstedt 0 solutions 1 answers

"cor-el" answer woks like charm, tnx man.... //Cut Creator

Modified by Sonny Wadstedt

lml12 0 solutions 1 answers

My solution was (Firefox12, portable version, WinXP, without install rights):

1. on the Firefox\data\profile folder: Right click, Security, Advanced, select myself,

2. Uncheck Inherit from parent permission... (Copy) then

3. Press Edit, and set full control, Apply onto: This folder, subfolders and files, Apply

4. Delete from profiles folder: cert8.db, key3.db, secmod.db

Finally: Start Firefox

Modified by lml12

pdaoust 0 solutions 1 answers

I have this problem but I do not find the files referred to in searching my Mac. Even if I removed and re-install FireFox, still can't get it to work - that long security error keeps coming up.

Hasan 477 solutions 5600 answers

See this article -> Fix the "Could not initialize the application's security component" error message

Check and tell if its working.

prahalad 0 solutions 1 answers

I had the same problem and I resolved it by deleting the cert.db file. Remember that you had to close the firefox when deleting the cert.db file and read and should have write permissions on cert.db file.

The following page helped me :

Could not initialize the application's security component