Closed Bug 1200920 Opened 5 years ago Closed 5 years ago

Use pref to change remote new tab location

Categories

(Firefox :: New Tab Page, defect)

43 Branch
defect
Not set

Tracking

()

RESOLVED WONTFIX
Iteration:
43.3 - Sep 21
Tracking Status
firefox43 --- affected

People

(Reporter: oyiptong, Unassigned)

References

(Blocks 1 open bug)

Details

It is useful to change the remote new tab page location using a pref.

While we don't do page signing (yet?), it is extremely useful to be able to use a different version of the page when developing and when doing automation to test Firefox.

Other pages that fit a similar profile also have the page origins under a pref:

1) datareporting.healthreport.about.reportUrlUnified
2) browser.uitour.url
(In reply to Olivier Yiptong [:oyiptong] from comment #0)
> It is useful to change the remote new tab page location using a pref.
> 
> While we don't do page signing (yet?), it is extremely useful to be able to
> use a different version of the page when developing and when doing
> automation to test Firefox.

While convenient, such a pref is very prone to hijacking. We had to remove it in bug 1118285. We added an API instead that should be usable for any automated tests you may need to write.
 
> Other pages that fit a similar profile also have the page origins under a
> pref:
> 
> 1) datareporting.healthreport.about.reportUrlUnified
> 2) browser.uitour.url

These 2 pages don't have a similar profile, in that they are of no interest to search hijackers.
Thanks, Florian. Would you have a link to the API?
That is excellent. Thank you!
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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