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Old 06-11-2006, 02:09 PM   #1
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Firefox Check for Updates

I realized that in order to use Firefox's feature to check for updates that I needed write permission to the directory that Firefox is installed. So, I changed the group from root to users and added myself to the users group. The users group has write permission in the Firefox directory.
My question is: Is this any kind of security risk? Should I change the group back to root and just manually check to see if Firefox has been updated?
Old 06-11-2006, 02:54 PM   #2
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The "check for updates" only checks for extension updates/search engines in Linux not new browser versions.

You should not have to change folder permissions for it to do that. The extensions/search engines are stored in your users home directory.

The best way to keep Firefox itself updated is to use APT/Synaptic, ususally takes about 2 days for a new version to show up after Mozilla does an official release.

It is never really a good idea to change folder permissions.
Old 06-11-2006, 03:07 PM   #3
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Nope, if you give write permission to the directory, it will also check for updates to Firefox itself. Without the write permission, it will only check for extensions/search engines.

Yeah, I could use synaptic, but I prefer to download Firefox from Mozilla and unpack it, rather than use Debian's sources. I know it doesn't take too long for the Debian repository to be updated, but I like to keep my browsers up-to-date as much as possible. Debian etch is still at, it has yet to be updated. I also modify some of the .jar files, so I find it easier to just download from Mozilla, unpack it, make my changes again if needed.

But, if you think that giving write permission to myself might not be a good idea, I will switch it back and just check manually for Firefox updates.

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