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Firefox27-2018 and ff45.9esr
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8Geee


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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug 2016, 20:36    Post subject:  Firefox27-2018 and ff45.9esr
Subject description: Still very useful
 

*** Originally posted 2016/08/12 9PM EDT ***

FF27 that I put in the updates to slacko5.7 spins still works a treat with TLS1.2 and foreward secrecy. Its a root only package, everything installs to root, and the desktop icon must be linked to root/.mozilla/firefox/firefox. That which resides in usr needs to be removed. One might say its a modular approach... don't like it, just remove the dot mozilla file in root and the root/dot cache/dot mozilla folders. Voila!, gone.

OCT. 11, 2017 8PM EDT

This is a Linux 32-bit Version of Mozilla's Firefox27.0.1. The browser has about:config settings aimed at good security and privacy. The addons are AdBlock Edge (no whitelist), Better privacy, Redirect cleaner, D/L YouTube as mp4, and YouTube All HTML5. Included is FireFTP 2.0.19, that can be disabled and removed if not needed. SYNC has beeen turned off, it can be enabled in about:config. Recommended is to use about:support to view all changes made to the browser.

Security items include using TLS 1.2 as default, removing all "search helpers", and a reduction of fingerprinting/phoning-home. Privacy entails not responding to tracking, and using Private Browsing Mode as default among others.

This browser config is quite suitable in today's monetizing environment. A lot of the pretty pictures get removed because they are ads in disguise. O/L banking and shopping can be accomplished due to security and privacy settings. Just a reminder to use encrypted wifi and an ethernet connection behind an active firewall (modem routers have this). I have found by experience that the browser inflates to about 92Mb.

Link to download the October 11, 2017 UPDATE.

sha256 sum 5b8b34ebeea5ddd21d56410b7ccd9638f64fe7b377d0f97533ac4c2c6a21a61e

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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug 2016, 20:37    Post subject: FF45.9esr1
Subject description: UPDATED 12-14-17
 

I have uploaded a preconfigured version of FF45.9esr1 . This is also 32-bit, and is a bit more friendly to modern webpages. Nonetheless, Security and privacy are maintained. HTML5 is better handled and google_redirect_fixer has been added to AdBlock Ultimate. The default install is to root to make it easy to remove. Of course, the firefox folder can be moved or symlinked to usr once installed. This update 12-14-17 has additional items in about config falsed or blanked without apparant effect.

Thanks to all that are testing

sha256sum= 29dea0b7977789cb175e8737ddd015e8eed1e8fb7e24cb3f9a0bc860d44b50a7

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PostPosted: Thu 16 Mar 2017, 17:41    Post subject: UPDATE  

The FireFox 27 update for March 2017 is ready, see first post.
Just a few settings in about:config changed.

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Aug 2017, 14:06    Post subject: Aug 2017 update  

The aug. 2017 update is ready. See first post. the SHA256 sum is
02f0ed12c05e5e3677cfd491d299062d0c889784af247c4ce48d72f97f4e265c

*** edit: I tossed the YouTube ALL HTML5 v. 2.1.3 and upgraded to 3.0.1. Testing this now. ***

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Oct 2017, 20:00    Post subject: 2018 edition  

A few bugs and a typo are fixed, further clean-up and leak-plugging, and YouTube still functions OK. A reminder here that some websites still hiccup at these security settings, and using the SSL Server test link will clarify. NOTE that Symantic has been harshly reprimanded for their lazy enforcement/oversight of certs and such process. One may see the expiration in less than a year.

For those still using the August 2017 version there is a bug/typo in about:config and its an important one...

Change the "4" value in security.tls.version.max to a "3" w/o quotes. It appears that the 4 value DOES NOT imply TLS1.3, but rather recycles to a ZERO setting allowing TLS 1.0 (not secure). And it appears in Edit --> Preferences I left the popup blocker on... thats a nuissance here, and elsewhere when internally re-directing to another page.

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Dec 2017, 23:36    Post subject: FF45.9esr  

The 2nd post in this thread "reserved" will shortly change, as I have found a fairly decent upgrade FF27 --> FF45.9esr. The upgrade is configured, and plays nicer with modern web-pages and HTML5.

***EDIT*** Job completed.

Note that this is still a 32-bit version. Testing appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec 2017, 17:35    Post subject:  

Posting from it in LxpupSC (Slacko derived).

Works fine.

What I like, is not having to install apulse, the problem is that if I go to About Firefox, automatically updates to (:Edit 52.x.x) that asks for apulse.

Not a big problem at least.

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec 2017, 09:11    Post subject:  

For the moment, while searching for a better solution, to prevent updating to an apulse dependant version, I added this:
Code:
127.0.0.1 www.mozilla.org
127.0.0.1 download.cdn.mozilla.net
127.0.0.1 aus5.mozilla.org
127.0.0.1 download.mozilla.org

to my /etc/hosts file, so it tries to update but it fails.
Source:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1157765

Saludos.

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec 2017, 09:25    Post subject:  

Is this Firefox27 to recommend for CPUs without sse support?

To prevent app updating I use a user.js file in the profile with the following content:

Code:
// turn off application and extensions updates:
user_pref("app.update.enabled", false);
user_pref("extensions.blocklist.enabled", false);
// turn off sync and minimize use of cache
user_pref("services.sync.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.sessionstore.interval", 1800000);
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Dec 2017, 16:17    Post subject: updated 45.9esr  

Added a few more falses and blanks and uploaded.
Essentially all services.sync entries are now falsed and a few more phone-homes blanked.
I think screensharing entries were falsed originally, but I now see then falsed.

As reference, one can print-out the about:support page. Handy if tweaking the browser to one's taste.

Note to sailor enceladus: this is the patched version if you want to use it in s57 5.7.1_9653

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