Solved

Setting and Disabling Firefox updates options

Posted on 2014-10-31
3
1,064 Views
Last Modified: 2014-11-03
On a server which is accessible by mulitple users, FireFox 23.0.1 is running. It is desired that this particular version stays there and may not be updated. I therefore want to disable the possibilities for any user to check for updates and install them.

I was able to disable the Options | Advanced | Update options by using a mozilla.cfg file containing the following lines:

lockPref("extensions.update.enabled", false);
lockPref("browser.search.update", false);
lockPref("app.update.silent", false);
lockPref("app.update.enable", false);
lockPref("app.update.auto", false);

This however turns on the "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them"-radiobutton as can be seen below.

Screenshot of Advanced Options in FireFox


My question is: Is there a way (preferably by using a preference or another setting in the mozilla.cfg file) to have the "Never check for updates..."-radio button checked and then the whole FireFox-updates block disabled?
0
Comment
Question by:adiemeer
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 40416900
I don't know the 'answer' to your question but you should know that Firefox has it's own SSL/TLS Root Certificate store and does not use the Windows Root Certificates.  If one of these days you see that Firefox can not access some secure 'https' sites, that will be the reason why.
0
 
LVL 38

Accepted Solution

by:
BillDL earned 500 total points
ID: 40417222
I have no immediate way to test this in a multi-user environment with Firefox running from a server, but perhaps this will help.

Here is how I currently have Firefox set for my own use, with updates enabled and set to check for and update extensions automatically:

Tools > Options > Advancedabout:addons page > drop-down set to auto-update extensions
When I disable the above options, as shown in the screenshots below:
Tools > Options > Advanced > Updates disabledabout:addons page > drop-down > extensions will not be automatically updated
I find that the following user settings have been added/modified in my "prefs.js" file:

user_pref("extensions.update.autoUpdateDefault", false);
user_pref("browser.search.update", false);
user_pref("app.update.enabled", false);
user_pref("app.update.mode", 0);
user_pref("app.update.service.enabled", false);

The first thing I notice with your "lock" lines is that you appear to have missed off the "d" from "enabled" in this line:
lockPref("app.update.enable", false);

First of all try adding the "d" and see what happens.  If it still doesn't change the settings as expected, try using the lines I have above, but change them to "lockPref" instead of "user_pref":

lockPref("extensions.update.autoUpdateDefault", false);
lockPref("browser.search.update", false);
lockPref("app.update.enabled", false);
lockPref("app.update.mode", 0);
lockPref("app.update.service.enabled", false);

As I say, I cannot test this, but it's worth a shot anyway.
0
 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:BillDL
ID: 40418983
Thank you adiemeer
0

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar - Networking for the Cloud Era

This webinar discusses:
-Common barriers companies experience when moving to the cloud
-How SD-WAN changes the way we look at networks
-Best practices customers should employ moving forward with cloud migration
-What happens behind the scenes of SteelConnect’s one-click button

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

I annotated my article on ransomware somewhat extensively, but I keep adding new references and wanted to put a link to the reference library.  Despite all the reference tools I have on hand, it was not easy to find a way to do this easily. I finall…
If you are a web developer, you would be aware of the <iframe> tag in HTML. The <iframe> stands for inline frame and is used to embed another document within the current HTML document. The embedded document could be even another website.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to add subdomains to your content reports. This can be very importing in having a site with multiple subdomains.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how nuggets on the Web are formatted by using Chrome Developer Tools. These tools would not only view the site's CSS but it can also modify it and save the CSS to use on your own site.

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question