Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jun 2009 11:04 UTC, submitted by Rahul
.NET (dotGNU too) Microsoft is really making it hard not to distrust them, aren't they? We already talked about Mono and Moonlight this weekend, and now we're notified of something else. Apparently, the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, released earlier this year, installs a Firefox extension which could not be uninstalled easily (registry hacking was needed). To make matters worse, this extension came with a pretty big security hole (at least, that's what everyone says). A newer version of this extension has been pushed out in May, which can be uninstalled the proper way. As it turns out, Firefox apparently has a limitation in that extensions installed at the machine level (instead of the user level) cannot be uninstalled from within the extensions GUI.
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RE: Thom sounds like a fanboy
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 1st Jun 2009 12:14 UTC in reply to "Thom sounds like a fanboy"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Don't distort what I say to make it fit your own agenda. Where do I say that pushing Firefox extensions without consent is "great"?

It's great that Microsoft is supporting Firefox users, but it does seem like they still have some learning to do here. I don't believe there's anything malicious going on here, but it still would be better to at least ask for the user's permission, but preferably, to just put the extension on Mozilla's website.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

OK, but calling this malware attack "supporting Firefox" is just as bad.

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gedmurphy Member since:
2005-12-23

Malware attack?
How is this malicious software?

It's not Thom who needs to rethink his choice of words, it's you.

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