Firefox 68 ESR: what administrators need to know

Mozilla Firefox will likely be upgraded to model subsequent Tuesday. The new model is the bottom for the subsequent Extended Support Release (ESR) model of the Firefox internet browser. Organizations and residential customers who run Firefox ESR have till October 22, 2019 to improve to the brand new ESR variations.

Mozilla will release two further updates for the soon-to-be-replaced model of Firefox ESR to give organizations sufficient time to take a look at the brand new launch and carry out the improve.

Firefox and Firefox ESR 68 share most options; there are, nonetheless, some variations between the 2 variations of the Firefox internet browser.

firefox ESR profile

Here is what is totally different and what has modified:

  • No WebRender help. WebRender continues to be in growth. Mozilla added WebRender help in Firefox 67 however enabled it just for a small variety of Firefox customers.
  • System Certificates. Firefox makes use of its personal certification retailer by default. Firefox ESR 68 makes use of the certificates retailer of the working system by default, and never the Firefox certification retailer. Organizations who need to change that need to set the desire safety.enterprise_roots.enabled to false on about:config or via different means.
  • Man-in-the-Middle detection deactivated. Firefox 68 detects connection points brought on by man-in-the-middle interference; this detection is deactivated in Firefox ESR due to the usage of system certificates.  Organizations need to set the desire safety.certerrors.mitm.auto_enable_enterprise_roots to true to allow it.
  • Service Workers disabled. Firefox ESR doesn’t help Service Workers by default. The function will be enabled whether it is required. Admins need to set the desire dom.serviceWorkers.enabled to true to allow it.
  • Push Notifications disabled. Similarly, push notifications aren’t enabled by default in Firefox ESR. Admins need to set the desire dom.push.enabled to true to allow the function in Firefox ESR.
  • Disable add-on signing requirement. Firefox ESR is the one launch model of the Firefox internet browser that helps the deactivation of the browser’s add-on signing requirement. The function is enabled by default. Admins could disable it by setting the desire xpinstall.signatures.required to false.
  • SearchEngines Policy is ESR unique. Allows admins to set the default search engine.
  • All different insurance policies that had been ESR unique in Firefox 60 ESR aren’t unique anymore.
  • Legacy Profiles. Firefox ESR 68 helps the new one-profile per installation dedicated profiles directive of the Firefox internet browser. Admins could set the variable MOZ_LEGACY_PROFILES to disable the function.
  • Downgrade safety. Firefox 67 and newer help downgrade protections to forestall points brought on by working downgraded variations of Firefox. Admins could set the variable MOZ_ALLOW_DOWNGRADE or run Firefox with –allow-downgrade to disable the performance.

Firefox customers who do not run the ESR model of the browser can set a number of of the choices as nicely, e.g. to disable push notifications in Firefox or disable Service Workers.

Now You: Do you run Firefox, in that case, which model and why? (through Sören Hentzschel)

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