Java? Why it there no information given about recent Java security concerns? Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Quiz: How many users do read the update notes each time BEFORE they let Firefox update their add-on installations?

You might ask why I am asking this question. It is about something that is known as “social engineering” …

I think of AMO automated updates that this feature shall bring me versions of well-known and familiar add-ons. If an add-on is not functional after such update, quick ‘repair’ is what we all want, if we are frequently using such item.

Fast ‘up and running again’ in your case means reading your instructions, installing an additional (!) component which is NOT hosted at AMO (why?) and it makes use of Java … Java?

Wait a minute! Weren’t there security bulletins recently about why and how to disable Java because of serious security problems including that these possible attack vectors are frequently used by malware which have already let to successful attacks even against well-known businesses?

So while your efforts to deliver useful add-on-functionality might be worth 5 stars ...

Java engine developers seem at this time to be in something that might be looked at something like a continuous flow of fixing security holes. Currently security experts advice users to disable Java plugins FOR ALL BROWSERS or even to uninstall Java completely.

By the design of AMO automated updates for Firefox add-ons there is no dialog which informs me beforehand that a new version suddenly needs additional software installed to be functional.

Especially because of Firefox fast paced version renumbering there are quite frequently version compatibility updates for add-ons which leads quite often to new add-on versions … (which may be a reason not to read every and each add-on update note?).

Now there is one new “version” of an add-on which is not functional right of the box. In my opinion a new version being delivered via auto-update should not need user intervention to be functional via this path (this means inconvenience). New requirements in my opinion might be better suited on a new add-on page of AMO e.g.?

More seriously about this special update here is that users are asked to install a non AMO hosted add-on and to make use of Java which at first glance seem to be contradicting concurrent security advices.

So you want users to install or activate Java functionality in conjunction with browsers (at first glance) against the advice of security experts, at least without giving information to users about the current presence of known and important security concerns about Java? And there are no statements about whether the Java plugin for Mozilla browser has to be activated in order to give Java functionality to your add-ons. Well, this might be worth 2 stars?

It might be looked at as negligence when you are not giving instructions on how users have to secure their Java installation or without giving them links to well established security sites where there is this type of instruction for everyone (everyone should really disable Java plugins and do so centrally).

What bothers me much more is that there is an automated update which may bring users to install Java without being aware of the serious security problems which they might encounter because Java browser plugins are not disabled by default (which might even be contra productive for your add-ons?). And the process of how to disable really all means by which Java plugins might be activated is not just a one-click operation. So the common user might not only gain new functionality but also ‘gain’ already well known security problems?

Above I mentioned “social engineering”. You might have decided to deliver your whole new functionality as a new add-on on AMO (for which you could have placed ads e.g. by delivering a updated add-on icon as new version feature of your ‘legacy’ add-on and show users this ad after post-update browser restart). An inconvenience for you but a way to do it secure by default?

Users who are simply following your instruction might end up with non-deactivated Java browser plugins which may expose them to serious security problems? (And who does disable Java plugin ends up with non-functional add-ons of yours?)

Because I am not able to foresee possible ‘side effects’ which may be caused by using Java together with fresh (unknown, new) non AMO hosted add-ons I will stay with version 3.3.2. ("legacy").

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.3.1-signed). 

Legacy Edition Available

Hi i am in the process of converting Java listener to c++.

In the mean time, If you want to stay with the older version you can always use legacy edition ( Link is also available in the description.