The snafu was caused because of an expired digital certificate
A recent update by Mozilla, that can fix the issue with the search engine that caused many problems to the users.
The array of concerns that people faced, was due to an expired signing certificate, that disabled add-ons for most of their users which came into effect in the past weekend.
The new version of Firefox with the update is version 66.0.4 for desktops and Android and 60.6.2 for ESR.
This solves the problem that users faced while accessing web extensions, search engines, themes, and language packs that had been disabled earlier. There are more issues that need to be resolved.
Kev Needham [The head of the Firefox add-ons]said:
I and my team are actively working to resolve this issue and expect to have all these problems ironed out before Monday.
This update is coming just in time after the organization just experienced one of its most embarrassing failures in all the time it has been around. Each search engine must sign certificates and license agreements that allow it to have various features.
Well, on the last Friday night, the digital certificate that Mozilla used to sign add-ons and extensions for Firefox expired.
This certificate was to authenticate and verify that the extensions that are installed in the user’s browsers are the same as those that will be hosted in the official Mozilla portal.
This means that when the certificate expired the Firefox browsers would not be unable to verify if the locally installed extensions are accurate or not and hence were forced to disable all the add-ons that were used in the browser.
To make matters worse the users could not even re-enable these extensions, nor could they re-install updated from other sources all because one signing certificate expired.
This left almost all of Mozilla’s nearly 100 million users with no way to re-enable extensions which makes a browser like Firefox nearly obsolete.
The Tor Browser is also a Firefox-based browser that relies on Mozilla which had a crucial extension disabled that undermined the security of the browser.
Mozilla needs to be cautious for such slip-ups not to take place in the browser market which is one of the most competitive markets out there today.