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Old 03-05-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
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Concern regarding latest firefox update

The automatic updater today presented me a selection of updates, one of which was Firefox-3.0-branding
The package description was

"This package ships the firefox branding bits. If you remove this package you your user experience will become that of the abrowser."

I have not installed it because I need to know:
1: what are "branding bits"
2: what is an abrowser

Has my system been compromised?
Old 03-05-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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No you haven't been compromised. This is what the branding is all about:
What this does is basically the first time you fire up the browser after you
have installed the branding package
it gives a short link (like one for addons or updates just below the tab

with saying "Know your rights"

Linking on that takes you to about:rights which gives you the following
info. :-

About: Your Rights

Mozilla Firefox is free and open source software, built by a community of
thousands from
all over the world. There are a few things you should know:

* Firefox is made available to you under the terms of the
Mozilla Public License. This means you may use, copy and
distribute Firefox to
others. You are also welcome to modify the source code of Firefox
you want to meet your needs. The Mozilla Public License also gives
the right to distribute your modified versions.

* Mozilla does not grant you any rights to the Mozilla and Firefox
or logos. Additional information on Trademarks may be found here.

* Mozilla's privacy policy for Firefox may be found here.

* Firefox also uses web site information services, such as the
service; however, we cannot guarantee they are 100% accurate or
More details, including information on how to disable the
services, can be
found in the service terms.

Mozilla Firefox Web Site Services (this one is usually hidden)

Mozilla Firefox uses web site information services ("Services"),
such as the
SafeBrowsing service, that are available for your use with this
binary version
of Firefox as described below. If you do not want to use the
Services or the
terms below are unacceptable, you may disable the SafeBrowsing
service by clicking
Edit -> Preferences -> Security and uncheck the options for "Tell
me if the site
I'm visiting is a suspected attack site" and "Tell me if the site
I'm visiting is
a suspected forgery."

1. Mozilla and its contributors, licensors and partners work to
provide the most
accurate and up-to-date phishing and malware information.
However, they cannot
guarantee that this information is comprehensive and
error-free: some risky sites
may not be identified and some safe sites may be
identified in error

2. Mozilla may discontinue or change the Services at its

3. You are welcome to use these Services with the accompanying
version of
Firefox, and you have all the rights necessary to do so.
Mozilla and
its licensors reserve all other rights in the Services.
These terms are
not intended to limit any rights granted under open source
licenses applicable
to Firefox and to corresponding source code versions of

4. The Services are provided "as-is." Mozilla, its
contributors, licensors, and
distributors, disclaim all warranties, whether express or
implied, including without
limitation, warranties that the Services are merchantable
and fit for your particular
purposes. You bear the entire risk as to selecting the
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and as to the quality and performance of the Services. Some
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5. Except as required by law, Mozilla, its contributors,
licensors, and distributors will
not be liable for any indirect, special, incidental,
consequential, punitive, or
exemplary damages arising out of or in any way relating to
the use of Firefox and the
Services. The collective liability under these terms will
not exceed $500 (five hundred
dollars). Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of certain damages,
so this exclusion and limitation may not apply to you.

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time. These terms may not
be modified or cancelled without Mozilla's written

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its conflict of law provisions. If any portion of these
terms is held to be invalid
or unenforceable, the remaining portions will remain in
full force and effect. In
the event of a conflict between a translated version of
these terms and the English
language version, the English language version shall
Old 03-06-2009, 07:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for clarifying that, I've now installed it.

I do feel that the description is poorly worded though, in that it doesn't really describe what the update actually is and seems needlessly pompous and threatening.


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