Bug 859968 - IPA browser configuration won't work on Firefox >= 15
IPA browser configuration won't work on Firefox >= 15
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: ipa (Show other bugs)
Unspecified Unspecified
medium Severity unspecified
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Assigned To: Rob Crittenden
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Blocks: 872085
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Reported: 2012-09-24 10:13 EDT by Dmitri Pal
Modified: 2013-02-21 04:19 EST (History)
4 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: ipa-3.0.0-3.el6
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Cause: Firefox of version 15 or newer does not allow signed JavaScript jars to gain escalated privileges allowing then to for example change browser configuration. Consequence: Identity Management browser auto-configuration signed .jar will to configure the browser to be able to access Web UI via Kerberos authentication. This affects all Firefox browsers of version 15 or newer. Fix: Identity Management is now deployed with own Firefox extension capable of configuring the browser for Kerberos authentication. Result: Firefox users of all supported browser versions can take advantage of browser auto-configuration and authenticate via Kerberos.
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Last Closed: 2013-02-21 04:19:55 EST
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browser configuation page works (230.95 KB, image/png)
2013-01-28 12:58 EST, Xiyang Dong
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Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2013:0528 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Low: ipa security, bug fix and enhancement update 2013-02-21 03:22:21 EST

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Description Dmitri Pal 2012-09-24 10:13:10 EDT
This bug is created as a clone of upstream ticket:

netscape.security.PrivilegeManager.enablePrivilege() call was deprecated in Firefox 15 and can't be used.

It completely breaks IPA browser configuration in signed .jar file. (https://test.example.com/ipa/config/browserconfig.html).

FF team recommends to make FF extension for any code which uses privileged code.


I think making FF extension just for configuring kerberos auth for one site is bad. I propose to give priority to ticket #823

We can offer configuration steps for: FF <= 14, FF >= 15, IE and Chrome. For FF <= 14 I would keep the configure.jar method.
Comment 2 Namita Soman 2012-10-01 13:05:28 EDT
I can run the UI on FF15. So please provide steps to recreate the issue described here.
Comment 3 Martin Kosek 2012-10-02 03:20:50 EDT
(In reply to comment #2)
> I can run the UI on FF15. So please provide steps to recreate the issue
> described here.

But can you authenticate with your Kerberos ticket? Authentication via user+password is not affected with this issue.
Comment 4 Petr Vobornik 2012-10-02 06:46:17 EDT
In https://<ipa server>/config/browserconfig.html there is the 'configure browser' button. In FF 15 it doesn't do anything (from user perspective). There is an error in web console (Ctrl+Shift+K), but user can't see it. 

The outcome is that we can't configure automatically FF config options like network.negotiate-auth.trusted-uris and therefore, as Martin wrote, SSO doesn't work (if not configured manually).
Comment 5 Rob Crittenden 2012-10-05 11:58:50 EDT
Fixed upstream.

This provides a new Firefox extension for 15+. Older browsers will rely on the signed javascript file.


Comment 8 Xiyang Dong 2013-01-28 12:58:05 EST
Created attachment 689183 [details]
browser configuation page works

verified in firefox ESR 10.0.10,which corresponds with Firefox 16.0.2
Comment 10 errata-xmlrpc 2013-02-21 04:19:55 EST
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


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