automatic updates turned off, firefox updated anyway

RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 319198

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Toolkit
Application Update
RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 319198
11 years ago
9 years ago

People

(Reporter: fred, Unassigned)

Tracking

1.8 Branch
PowerPC
Mac OS X
Points:
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Description

11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.8.1.1) Gecko/20061204 Firefox/2.0.0.1
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.8.1.1) Gecko/20061204 Firefox/2.0.0.1


A message popped up that a new version of firefox has been downloaded. I opted not to restart, since I'm in the middle of something, then *another* window popped up telling me *again* that the new version will be installed when firefox is restarted.

I have automatic updates turned off in the preferences. If firefox is ignoring that preference, what other preferences are being ignored? What security preferences are being ignored?

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. turn off automatic updates
2. surf the web
3. watch for a message saying an update has been downloaded, and will be installed when firefox is restarted.
Actual Results:  
A message popped up that a new version of firefox has been downloaded. I opted not to restart, since I'm in the middle of something, then *another* window popped up telling me *again* that the new version will be installed when firefox is restarted.

Expected Results:  
I would expect that if I set a preference, firefox would honor that preference. There are serious security implications to ignoring preferences, particularly software installation preferences.
(In reply to comment #0)
> 1. turn off automatic updates

Could you elaborate on exactly how you did this? Presumably you went to Preferences->Advanced->Update and selected "Ask me what I want to do"? That preference doesn't control whether or not Firefox checks for updates, it only controls whether it asks you before downloading it. Could it be that when you were prompted about the update, you said "Continue" at the download question, and then "Later" at the "Apply Update" stage?

Some related bugs: bug 372123, bug 334041 and bug 319198.

Given those other reports of similar issues, there may indeed be a bug in the software update code and/or preference panel that would cause this, but there's no evidence that any security preferences are affected, so I'm unhiding this bug.
Group: security
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Comment 2

11 years ago
Created attachment 260142 [details]
update prefs window

I've attached a screen capture of how I disabled the automatic updates.

I'm not convinced this is not a security issue. I'm having software I did not ask for force fed to my computer.

Updated

11 years ago
Version: unspecified → 2.0 Branch
accepting and investigating.

I'll investigate if app.update.enabled is not properly being heeded.

> Some related bugs: bug 372123, bug 334041 and bug 319198.

I'll look into those as well, thanks for the triage, gavin.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → ASSIGNED
Ever confirmed: true
Assignee: nobody → sspitzer
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
sorry for the bug spam, re-assigning bugs back to default owner if I'm not working actively on them.
Assignee: sspitzer → nobody
(Assignee)

Updated

10 years ago
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Duplicate of bug: 319198
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