Blocklist the viewpoint plugin

RESOLVED FIXED

Status

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Toolkit
Blocklisting
RESOLVED FIXED
8 years ago
2 years ago

People

(Reporter: rstrong, Assigned: morgamic)

Tracking

unspecified
x86
Windows 7
Points:
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Firefox Tracking Flags

(status1.9.2 ?)

Details

(Whiteboard: [crashkill][crashkill-outreach] [crashkill-thirdparty])

Some of the work / investigation can be found in bug 501429.

plugin file name: npViewpoint.dll
plugin file version: 3.6.0.59

Should probably blocklist all version prior to and including 3.6.0.59.

The viewpoint website explicitly states the plugin only works with Firefox 2.0 and I have verified this.
http://www.viewpoint.com/technologies/viewpoint-media-player.shtml
(Assignee)

Comment 1

8 years ago
For which versions of Firefox?  Or just blocklist all versions of this just based on the extension version?
(In reply to comment #1)
> For which versions of Firefox?  Or just blocklist all versions of this just
> based on the extension version?

(In reply to comment #0)
>...
> The viewpoint website explicitly states the plugin only works with Firefox 2.0
> and I have verified this.
> http://www.viewpoint.com/technologies/viewpoint-media-player.shtml

Firefox 3.0 and above... it works with Firefox 2.0
I just noticed that PFS offers this plugin as well... it should prbably be removed.

btw: the Firefox 2.0 blocklist doesn't support plugins anyways so Firefox version shouldn't matter
http://tinyurl.com/yemo2r7 lists about 968 crashes. Would be good to get this assigned to someone since those that have the viewpoint plugin and use the plug in check page are crashing when they try to update.
Whiteboard: [crashkill]

Updated

8 years ago
Whiteboard: [crashkill] → [crashkill][crashkill-outreach] [crashkill-thirdparty]
status1.9.2: --- → ?
Morgamic, can you help with blocklisting this plugin?
(Assignee)

Updated

8 years ago
Assignee: nobody → morgamic
(Assignee)

Comment 6

8 years ago
SQL:

INSERT INTO blplugins (`guid`, `min`, `max`, `filename`) VALUES ('{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}', '3.0', '*', 'npViewpoint.dll')

XML:
  <pluginItem>
    <match name="filename" exp="npViewpoint.dll"/>
    <versionRange>
      <targetApplication id="{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}">
        <versionRange minVersion="3.0" maxVersion="*"/>
      </targetApplication>
    </versionRange>
  </pluginItem>

Filing an IT bug to get it pushed.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
(Assignee)

Comment 7

8 years ago
I'd note that only fx 3.0+ supports plugin blocklisting so the version range for the targetApplication is pretty irrelevant in this case.  Adding it anyway though.
(Assignee)

Comment 8

8 years ago
Can someone tell me where the version string is stored in the plugin metadata?  Is it in the plugin name or the plugin description in about:plugins?
(Assignee)

Comment 9

8 years ago
Want to verify the version before we block it so I don't block anything but 3.6.0.59...
Status: RESOLVED → REOPENED
Resolution: FIXED → ---
I don't know for if there are other versions of the plugin out there but ideally 3.6.0.59 and below would be blocklisted. I'll reinstall the plugin and get back to you with whether it is in the name or description. btw: this is Windows only as well though it won't hurt anything if it applies to all os's.
(Assignee)

Comment 11

8 years ago
Yeah we're good to go then.  We can always update later if we have to. Filed IT bug.
Status: REOPENED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 8 years ago8 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED

Comment 12

8 years ago
(In reply to comment #10)
> I don't know for if there are other versions of the plugin out there...

dbaron's module correlation reports show these version numbers for the .dll out there.  they all look older than 3.6.0.59 and I'm guessing those are incompat too.

      8% (12/151) vs.   0% (61/114064) npViewpoint.dll
          5% (8/151) vs.   0% (28/114064) 3.6.0.59
          2% (3/151) vs.   0% (16/114064) 3.5.0.36
          1% (1/151) vs.   0% (11/114064) 3.2.2.26
          0% (0/151) vs.   0% (2/114064)  3.0.15.12
          0% (0/151) vs.   0% (1/114064)  3.0.12.9
          0% (0/151) vs.   0% (3/114064)  3.0.11.13
There's been a number of questions about this (IRC and https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/forum/1/571763).   Can we get the "More Info" page updated with details as to the reason this is blocked?  Something like:

"This plugin is explicitly not supported by Firefox 3 and above by the vendor (Viewpoint) and has been found to cause crashes in Firefox due to this incompatibility.  For more information, please see http://www.viewpoint.com/technologies/viewpoint-media-player.shtml."
Are we going to update http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/blocklist/ to reflect this, too?
(Assignee)

Comment 15

8 years ago
Yeah, will do that this evening.
Can you please add the plugin to the Seamonbkey blocklist or should I file a new bug ?
morgamic: Is there any reason that on Windows Vista the plugin is not being blocklisted? I have a machine in the lab where the plugin is not being pluglisted after I installed it yesterday.
This wfm with Windows 7. You probably haven't downloaded the updated blocklist file to your profile yet.
Marcia, is it still not blocked and if so, have you opened the blocklist.xml in the profile and searched for viewpoint to see if it is there?
On the Windows Vista machine I ended up having to go into about:config and change the interval timing. Once I did that the extension was finally blocklisted.

Comment 21

5 years ago
So, how will I be able to read Kindle documents, if I need this plugin to do so? Is there another alternative?

Comment 22

5 years ago
(In reply to Michael Morgan [:morgamic] from comment #6)
> SQL:
> 
> INSERT INTO blplugins (`guid`, `min`, `max`, `filename`) VALUES
> ('{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}', '3.0', '*', 'npViewpoint.dll')
> 
> XML:
>   <pluginItem>
>     <match name="filename" exp="npViewpoint.dll"/>
>     <versionRange>
>       <targetApplication id="{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}">
>         <versionRange minVersion="3.0" maxVersion="*"/>
>       </targetApplication>
>     </versionRange>
>   </pluginItem>
> 
> Filing an IT bug to get it pushed.
Product: addons.mozilla.org → Toolkit
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