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Bug 1391323 - Installs un-necessary browser plugin
Summary: Installs un-necessary browser plugin
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Classification: Red Hat
Component: rhythmbox
Version: 7.2
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Bastien Nocera
QA Contact: Desktop QE
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-11-03 05:19 UTC by Michael Peters
Modified: 2018-06-08 15:03 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2018-06-08 15:03:58 UTC
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Description Michael Peters 2016-11-03 05:19:20 UTC
Description of problem:
rhythmbox installs a mozilla plugin that is not packaged separately

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. rpm -ql rhythmbox |grep itms

Actual results:

Expected results:

Additional info:

If there is a way to disable a plugin in FireFox I have not found it. From about:plugins it seems the purpose of the plugin is:

"This plug-in detects the presence of iTunes when opening iTunes Store URLs in a web page with Firefox."

If that feature is even wanted in Enterprise Linux, then it should be packaged as a separate RPM that requires rhythmbox (assuming it does) rather than as part of rhythmbox itself.

Browser plugins are a source of security issues, and also can be used to fingerprint users remotely when they visit a web page (even just their presence, and from the version information they report).

Please remove this file from the rhythmbox package and if it has utility for anyone (I sure have no need for it), offer it as a sub-package.

Comment 2 Bastien Nocera 2018-06-08 15:03:58 UTC
The plugin fingerprinting is a problem for Firefox to solve.

The plugin is necessary for iTunes pages to detect that we can handle itms:// locations, as mentioned in:

If you want to discuss the removal of this plugin, please do so upstream by filing a new issue at:

I don't have any interest in seeing this package diverge from upstream.

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