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Old 04-21-2008, 07:28 AM   #1
Felipe
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Firefox - Is possible to disable about:config and preferences?


Hallo:

Im trying to configure a Linux machine with Firefox. Its for public use so id like to disable:
- about:config
- Edit - preferences.

Is it possible?

Thanks.

Felipe

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Old 04-21-2008, 07:37 AM   #2
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More precisely, you don't want users to be able to edit the firefox settings.
You normally handle this sort of thing with access controls.

I don't usually bother - let the guest account be a simply restricted user. All changes will be local to that user only, let them have a ball. When they log out, all user files are erased, and the default set written to their place.
 
Old 04-21-2008, 08:00 AM   #3
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But the computer starts up itself early in the morning and shutdown at night. The linux user is always the same, but the users that can use it are a lot.
I dont want that a user can read information of other users. So I want to disable cache, url history, password, ... and not allow to enable it.

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Old 04-21-2008, 08:10 AM   #4
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If you are setting up a public computer (eg in a Coffee Shop??) then the various users have no expectation that they will have any private data. If you want to keep users out of each other's data, then just create separate accounts.

If you really want to do it your way: If there is nothing in the normal setup menus, try looking for the configuration files and setting them to read-only.
 
Old 04-21-2008, 08:22 AM   #5
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What you want is to set Firefox up for "kiosk" use. There are a bunch of pages out there describing the settings and extensions you can use to lock down the browser. I haven't really looked into it myself, but if you google "firefox kiosk" or somesuch you'll probably find all the info you need.
 
Old 04-22-2008, 02:45 AM   #6
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Real Kiosk:
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Real Kiosk is a Firefox 2.0 - 3.0 extension that defaults to full screen, disables all menus, toolbars, key commands and right button menus. Alt+Home still takes you home. ...
... looks like what you need.

Debian Kiosk Howto Section 4.7 covers what you are asking.

It is not unusual that someone wants to do something, but it turns out that they are thinking about it in an unhelpful way. As Pixalleny said, public terminal users don't expect privacy to be enforced by the computer - the ones I've seen either do not allow personal files at all, or are just plain permissive. As I said, it is simpler for the machine to overwrite /home/guest as part of the logout process. You'll want to do something like that when you shut-down at the end of the day, anyway.

I picked this up off a windows internet cafe that was running highly permissively - but they re-imaged the whole drive every night. This narrows the malware window... but I cannot help feeling that this approach is a strain on the equipment and doesn't scale very well.
 
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Old 04-22-2008, 04:06 AM   #7
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Ill read it. Also, ive been told to use plugin "Public Fox", which secures parts of Firefox.

Thanks.
 
  


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