User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.8b5) Gecko/20051006 Firefox/1.4.1 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.8b5) Gecko/20051006 Firefox/1.4.1 if an extension on a server is protected via http authentication the automatic update function of the extension manager will fail giving the following error message: Firefox could not install the file at http://www.homeofmyext.com/myext.xpi because: Not a valid install package I would expect the usual authentication request dialog to popup and the update to fail only in the case that the authentication fails. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. install an extension from a server that you control. 2. protect the xpi file with http authentication suing ie a .htaccess file 3. in the extension manager try 'find update' 4. if there is an update available (you'll have to make sure of that of course) hit update Actual Results: the update will fail giving this (rather unspecific) error message: Firefox could not install the file at http://www.homeofmyext.com/myext.xpi because: Not a valid install package Expected Results: it should have opened a common http authentication request dialog to enter username and password and update the extension as soon as the authentication is sucessful or fail giving a useful message if the authentication failed.
Do you have a need for this?
> Do you have a need for this? well yes I have indeed. I currently develop an extension for a client. this extension is used as an administrational tool for the clients website and therefor should not be publically available. the client however may chose a number of employees that are allowed to have access to that extension. now the easiest way to provide software updates is using the update mechanism of the extension manager. but as long as the http authentication is not working I can see no way to benefit of the ease of that mechanism while maintaining a strict security level. now just to assure you of my appreciation of extension building: next to the extension itself I write a report of the developing process explaining my problems and the solutions I found. this of course will be publically available as soon as the extension is released to the client. thanks a lot! /christian
12 years ago
Daniel, this needs to happen in XPInstall unless I am badly mistaken.
11 years ago
XPInstall performs the download and needs to prompt for authentication when needed.
We should definitely fix this, but fwiw I'm pretty sure that I've seen the HTTP authentication request dialog pop up for extension updates (in fact, I remember being frustrated about it because it would do so when I started Firefox and block the rest of my UI).
I suspect that the authentication dialog wasn't shown due to extension update and was shown for some other reason... xpinstall has never had the code to do so afaict.
I believe the joga extension made it's own request for updates (seperate from the Firefox's built-in updates), so that probably explains what beltzner saw.
Too late to muck with xpinstall at this late stage, but we should look at getting this on trunk ASAP.
*** Bug 346974 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 351751 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I've run into this three or four times lately and thought it was something I've done but in fact it turned out that the add-ons manager didn't prompt for proxy auth. ~B
If it was too late in July, its way too late six weeks later.
*** Bug 359171 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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*** Bug 359940 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 360074 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 360721 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
As described in bug #351751, the same problem occurs when you have extensions or themes installed and use a proxy connection which requires authentication. When you launch FF and it detects available extension or theme updates, the update window pops up, but when you click on the update button the download fails, because FF doesn't ask for the proxy authentication. If you first browse a URL and authenticate on the proxy, then try to update the same extensions or themes using the Tools->extensions menu, then it works, because you are already authenticated on the proxy server.
*** Bug 361034 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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This was minused for 1.9a1, which somehow turned into a 1.9 minus. Since that time FF2 shipped and we've collected a lot of dupes because of the issue described in comment 19. It's the same underlying issue as the original problem but a circumstance that's far more common than those considered when this was originally minused.
11 years ago
Created attachment 267567 [details] [diff] [review] patch rev 1 Given the lack of progress here I'll take this. This is a patch that works in my testing and is basically taken from the xmlhttprequest code.
Comment on attachment 267567 [details] [diff] [review] patch rev 1 r/sr=dveditz We probably want to make this better in FF2 also
Checking in nsXPInstallManager.cpp; /cvsroot/mozilla/xpinstall/src/nsXPInstallManager.cpp,v <-- nsXPInstallManager.cpp new revision: 1.148; previous revision: 1.147 done
Comment on attachment 267567 [details] [diff] [review] patch rev 1 approved for 18.104.22.168, a=juanb for release-drivers
Christian: Can you please help us verify this fix with the latest 1.8 (22.214.171.124pre) nightly? If anyone else has a testcase or extension setup behind an http auth, please share. Thanks!
(In reply to comment #39) > If anyone else has a testcase or extension setup behind an http auth, please > share. Thanks! Jay I've just verified that this works for me in 126.96.36.199 with an extension update behind a proxy server requiring auth.
I'm behind a Squid-proxy server. I can confirm that 188.8.131.52 works well, i receive an authentication request and the update download is authorized. The only problem is that this authorization request appear not to be forwarded. I mean, as far as i open another web page, the auth request will pop up again. After that i can continue browsing without receiving any other auth request. In a nutshell, it works, but in the case that an authorization is requested at startup for an update, it will be requested TWICE, this is unnecessary as far the user already have authenticated itself on the first run. Should we file another bug for this ?
(In reply to comment #42) > Should we file another bug for this ? Yes please
Please cc me on the new bug... we've had a few discussions on the restart on startup requirement when installing extensions which causes this and we really need to fix that to fix this.
Something screwed up in latest firefox update. Proxy auth dialog popup unexpectly without caching the previously saved authentication data. The checkbox for saving data dont stuck checked.