FF is asking for admin password to install update
I have FF 66.0.3 installed. I was trying to install the latest update (66.0.5). After it was downloaded I got this dialog where FF is asking me to input my admin password in order to install the update.
Three things. One, I have never came across a FF update that asked for my admin password. Two, I am the admin on this machine and no password ever required to update a browser. Three, I just ran Trend Micro Security and it doesn't report any issues.
I asked one of my coworkers (same machine as mine) if he could install it on his machine. He didn't have any problems and didn't get the dialog box asking for admin password. (See attached screenshot.)
Is there something special about the 66.0.5 update that would need my admin credentials to update this thing?
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- User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_14_4) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/73.0.3683.103 Safari/537.36
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Sorry, forgot... macOS 10.14.4 | FF 66.0.3
A possible cause could be that this version tries to install a new intermediate certificate to replace the certificate that expired last week. I don't know if this involves special storage on Mac. It is also possible that a previous update done as administrator causes this to happen.
If you are concerned then download the full release version and drag the current Firefox installation to the trash.
You can find the full version of the current Firefox release (66.0.5) in all languages and all operating systems here:
IMO that's not a helpful answer as it's guesses/opinions rather than fact based. There must be a technical reason why this Firefox update is asking for Admin privs this time around. As 'Pentool' says, it normally just installs without Admin priviledges. So what's changed or different from normal about this update???