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Firefox fails to surpress sw update popup msg's

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Newer Firefox ver's, 80.0.1 for example, don't seem to allow users to stop pestering sw update popups from being displayed throughout a single Firefox session. No means no, and not keep asking anyway. Has something been missed?

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JScher2000 Thank you for the reference to using "administrator policies" to override Firefox's need to send distracting and unwanted "Update Now" popups despite Firefox being user configured to slow it's roll. That little kernel was helpful. Not for the feint of heart. But Firefox is just a browser that can be easily restored from a backup or downloaded fresh. For those who want to read how to implement "administrator policies" and set the "AppAutoUpdate" to <false> you can find out how by reading the following link. But as with all good practices, back up your data and read the whole article. Especially the third paragraph that directs you to "create a directory called distribution".

https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md#appautoupdate

And thank you jscher2000 for your continued volunteer support of Firefox! Folks like yourself continue to make it better! . . . now if the dang annoying popups could just disappear ;)

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The built-in options are:

  • update automatically
  • notify me about available updates and let me choose when to install them

There is no built-in option for never ever bother me about updates. That's not a responsible setting from a security perspective.

Firefox does have a policy feature that company administrators use to take over control of Firefox updates. It even blocks update requests from the Help > About Firefox dialog. This is not recommended for home users who do not have patch management software to keep Firefox up-to-date.

Helpful?

jscher2000, thank you for your response. It's an arguable point as to whether permitting incessant updates and code churn really is a better security posture than waiting to move from one mature update to another mature and stable update. To each their own though by informing yourself and making a decision. It's only a browser setting.

The defect I've come across is that once I select the "not now" in the "do you want to update" popup. The browser ignores my choice and keeps throwing up the same popup. In effect ignoring my configuration command. That's a problem, because a programmer's code to ignore user settings poses a far larger potential security breach than running an older, stable version of any sw.

You mentioned a feature I can’t seem to find in the 80.0.1 ver of Firefox I'm running on OSX. Can't find the "Help > About Firefox dialog" in either the Firefox > About Firefox or Help > sections. Do you happen to know where that admin tool you mention is located?

Thank you.

Helpful?

Hmm, I though there was a 12 hour delay between update notifications. However, I don't remember Firefox 80 at this point.

The Policy tool is not built-in to Firefox, it is a configuration you apply externally.

Helpful?

JScher2000

Thank you for the reference to using "administrator policies" to override Firefox's need to send distracting and unwanted "Update Now" popups despite Firefox being user configured to slow it's roll. That little kernel was helpful.

Not for the feint of heart. But Firefox is just a browser that can be easily restored from a backup or downloaded fresh.

For those who want to read how to implement "administrator policies" and set the "AppAutoUpdate" to <false> you can find out how by reading the following link. But as with all good practices, back up your data and read the whole article. Especially the third paragraph that directs you to "create a directory called distribution".

https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md#appautoupdate

Helpful?

தீர்வு தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்டது

JScher2000 Thank you for the reference to using "administrator policies" to override Firefox's need to send distracting and unwanted "Update Now" popups despite Firefox being user configured to slow it's roll. That little kernel was helpful. Not for the feint of heart. But Firefox is just a browser that can be easily restored from a backup or downloaded fresh. For those who want to read how to implement "administrator policies" and set the "AppAutoUpdate" to <false> you can find out how by reading the following link. But as with all good practices, back up your data and read the whole article. Especially the third paragraph that directs you to "create a directory called distribution".

https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md#appautoupdate

And thank you jscher2000 for your continued volunteer support of Firefox! Folks like yourself continue to make it better! . . . now if the dang annoying popups could just disappear ;)

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