Abrowser wants to automatically install OpenH264

Catégorie:Rapporter un bogue
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I first noticed this with Abrowser 37 on Trisquel 7.0 AMD64, and then I ran a system update about a half hour ago, however with Abrowser 38 and a fully up to date system, this still shows up, and I am not presented an option to remove it, only to disable it. I am aware this plug-in is free software, however this back door installer still poses a threat because it's software that's being installed from outside the package manager without the ability to uninstall it, potentially compromising security if it turns out the binary contains undisclosed modifications.

I apologize if some of you cannot read the screenshot because I installed the OS in Spanish, however I did translate the message in the yellow box.

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mer, 06/10/2015 - 06:46

And a quick check under the guest account with a clean web browser profile reproduces this exact same issue.

mer, 06/10/2015 - 19:56

Yes, seems that the name of the preference changed


A merge request was sent here:

Thanks for your quick report, we didn't catch this.

jeu, 06/11/2015 - 01:26

You're welcome. I should also note that this is something that was discovered by accident. I was looking at other plug-ins that I had installed for something unrelated, and then I noticed Abrowser was trying to sneak plug-ins into my browser profile.

Anyways, thank you for being quick to locate the issue, and while I wait for the update, I already disabled the codec in my configurations, in about:config.

jeu, 06/11/2015 - 16:27
jeu, 06/25/2015 - 16:30
Statut:fixed» closed

Automatically closed -- issue fixed for 2 weeks with no activity.

mar, 06/30/2015 - 18:47
Statut:closed» active

I re-installed Trisquel 7.0 on another computer I recently repaired after several months of not using it, and the codec is still there.

mar, 06/30/2015 - 18:54

I think that if you already had it, it will stay there.

mar, 06/30/2015 - 19:15

This is a new browser profile, I ran a system update before I opened up Abrowser on there for the first time.

I believe a better solution would be to just remove the backdoor installer from the Abrowser source code. I'd do this myself and submit a patch, however I'm just barely starting to learn computer programming.

Sam, 07/04/2015 - 19:58

Fresh Trisquel installed with new user and newly installed Abrowser, still wants to install Cisco OpenH264 binary plugin.

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mar, 07/21/2015 - 18:10

Is anyone still having this issue with Abrowser 39? I'm not.

Sam, 08/15/2015 - 00:19
Statut:active» fixed

Marking as fixed.

Sam, 08/29/2015 - 00:20
Statut:fixed» closed

Automatically closed -- issue fixed for 2 weeks with no activity.