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 A newer version of this extension has been pushed out in May, which can be uninstalled the proper way.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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by Matzon on Tue 2nd Jun 2009 04:24 UTC
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right, so I might eat the all-users installation required. However it also changes the UserAgent to spam all the .net platforms installed for each request. There is absolutely NO reason to do this.
Next they'll be sending along your version of office and whatever they feel they need to send along ;)

Microsoft ARE abusing their rights when installing .net 3.5 - so dont.

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