Re: Add-ons "unverified..."
My bloviated meandering follows what jetjock graced us with on 5/5/2019
Changing xpinstall.signatures.required in about:config from true to
false worked well for my Fx52.9 re-enabled my disabled Ghostery, as well.
Speaking of Bah!
Yesterday I did a TeamViewer to my sister's computer to fix a Eudora
problem. I had no sooner finished when out the blue, FF ESR 52.9
decided to check out it's add-ons, even though it is set to never
update! It then flashed a message that it could not find certificates
( or something like that) and had disabled some add-ons. When I
looked, it had disabled every add-on except Tab Mix Plus. Remembering
what someone had posted yesterday about setting "xpinstall...."
settings in about:config to false (which I had done on my machine
earlier), I did the same on hers. When I restarted FF, all her add-ons
were back and active.
I'll gladly forsake a little overblown "security" for actully being
able to use my computer!!
Since the 52.x line is legacied, I doubt any security or any other
updates will be coming along anyway, except for an errant cert "fix" or
so :-) So, as long as I don't install any other add-ons, I expect I'm as
good as I'm going to get with that release version.
The certificate problem was caused by a certificate expiring, not by any
update to Firefox itself - although obviously a previous update to FF
imposed that requirement in the first place.
They are releasing updates to fix this mess: One on Saturday (fixed it
for some people), one on Sunday (fixed it for some more, including ESR
and Android). More is still to come.
The product manager for add-ons said "In particular, please do not
delete and/or reinstall any add-ons as an attempt to fix the issue".
btw, the requirement was introduced around 4 years ago.
A final point: Windows XP is no longer supported by Firefox and my guess
is that add-ons there are currently pretty much irretrievably broken.
The FF people should really make an exception for this bug but I'm not
sure they will be that user-friendly.
Seamonkey does *not* suffer from this problem.
spammus ergo sum, viruses courtesy of https://www.nsa.gov/malware/
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