Thread: Add-ons not working due to certificate expiration

@gregtorn “collect and study private data”
where did you pick that up? :neutral_face:

the studies are just simple tests for some new features. as an example DNS over https

they ship the feature and test in the background whether the connection to such a DNS server works.

none of your data is touched or delivered to Firefox.
also: you can disable the studies thing again (in-case you still don’t trust it) once the permanent fix is out

If you don’t trust Mozilla with studies, then I’m wondering why you trust Firefox? there’s not much of a difference here, it’s still just code by the same people

@gregtorn here you can read an article about that particular study, Mozilla is very transparent and elaborate about everything:

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Hi, on my Linux, Firefox (66.0.3) is not affected. Why?
And why installing a study and not have a full install?

This is terrible. Everything is gone. My favorite Fox is very upset

@Djfe, thanks! That’s a great tip. I use Wayback quite a bit and didn’t know that was available.

remain calm, o disenfranchised populace !

normal services shall be resumed shortly

really, it’s educational to see the traumatic responses of the e-generation when subjected to a brief outage, as if the world has been destroyed

it’s a browser, people… a usually great and reliable browser, but currently it’s having a hiccup

your lives will not be permanantly ruined… don’t go hyperventilating and gestating ptsd on the back of a transient outage

breathe in, breathe out; it will be better soon


For Android users:
According to the github bug report (#19):

the problem can be bypassed by setting
to “false”.
I’ve tried it and it works for me.

In the absence of any workaround for android users:
Why is this not proposed as a (temporary) workaround by mozilla?
As long as auto updates for addons is deactivated and no new addons installed, this should not pose any risks for users, correct?

Update to my above post:
this workaround does no longer work.

No they still show the same error message

stop bullshitting us, ty :wink:
this was @g00gleconsumer

by us I meant the forum, I’m not a dev
(just for clarification)

How much longer? This is nuts.
Nothing is working now. No add-ons , and even my subscriptions for Premium station, HBO, Starz.
I hv had to move on to another browser to watch my shows and use addOns. The real bummer is that I hv most of my Bookmarks on FireFox. However I can transfer.

I enabled ‘Studies’ and then Add Ons and Themes returned within minutes…Thank goodness !
Even at the best of times though, Firefox tends to be a ‘Net Nanny’ and can stop you using Add Ons that are not signed etc, even though you have been using them happily for 10 years or more …Should just let the user decide !

Mozilla…what happened to you? You were cool once!
Why do you keep f-ing up all the time!?

The desaster with your forced pocket-installations. Integrating Cliqz. Coercing people into creating Firefox accounts to sync settings and bookmarks, by telling them their profiles won’t work AFTER an update.
Now you ship my DNS-Requests to Cloudflare, because you need to participate in this hipster-crap, that calls DNS via JSON and … forgot … that certificates need to be renewed once in a while. Did you switch to LetsEncrypt or something?

Now here’s my real problem: I can’t activate studies. The checkbox won’t stay checked. So how long will it take for me to receive your “hotfix”?

P.S. When you activate link-tracking with ping by default, will you AT LEAST give us an option to turn it off?

dunno about ping, but it doesn’t matter
you can do workarounds (even without js, see Google search currently)

DoH is not hipster, it’s useful for several reasons, json was just chosen, because it was convenient.
I bet people would’ve flamed more if it was xml haha

About studies: maybe contact Firefox support or open a ticket on bugzilla (sounds like a bug).
maybe refreshing Firefox by resetting your settings would fix it, but it would also reset all settings (so not a good solution)

or just wait for the permanent fix, if you’re lazy

what happened to Mozilla? it grew up. (feature-wise. which means it’s larger which means it’s more complex)
but it has trouble keeping up with Google, since Google is the larger company

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blame malicious software that is able to manipulate add-ons that are fine but uncertified.
even if you installed it yourself, software can infect you with Keyloggers when Firefox doesn’t verify them on every startup.
this is in the interest of all addon developers.

And the addon devs even have the advantage that they are able to offer add-ons on their own website for download now and not just on AMO

I always used mozilla for years, but making sure all of the privacy “auto-updates” and “send data” options were turned off, even in that obscure “about:config” options page.

Now suddenly all of my addons stopped working. Why of all things? I thought I was all the options made me isolated from mozilla.

I’ll answer myself, firefox is another piece of garbage that lures you in a false sense of security about your privacy, but it’s still sending data about your browser without any consent. It’s just another hypocrital corporation added to the list.

NOBODY should use it any more, period. Mostly when there are dozens of alternatives.

Android FIX.
Disable Automatic date and time. Change Android system time to 29 April 2019. Enable your addons in the addons menu. All working fine now. You can install addons as well from the store.

my assumption:
because people tend to forgot to disable workarounds: far worse and causes more issues which then Firefox Support has to solve through probing the users, when they start experiencing other issues

I don’t see why the installation of add-ons should be risky. uninstall action on the other hand obviously leads to data loss, since you delete the add-on’s data with it.

Please always remember: “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”!

it doesn’t send data, it received data that one certificate from Mozilla was invalid (it expired on Fr/Sa), maybe that check was even completely offline

that’s all

there was no commando that ordered your installation to disable all addons
the reaction was indirect and very much unintentional

I’m not sure whether the process for expiring certificates and rejected certificates is the same, but there is this setting:

I strongly advise to keep the setting checked though.
You would want the certificate system to work correctly and therefore you need to allow automatic rejection (often that is issued by the companies to which the certificate belongs, for example when the key needed to generate the certificate was leaked aka the certificate was compromised)