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Old 10-13-2004, 06:45 PM   #1
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firefox security patch install

Hi all,

recently installed firefox version 0.10 for mandrake from RPM. No problems there; when firefox started, it asked to apply a security patch for 0.10.1

The message also said that linux users need to run as root.

so I did from an xterm


It installed the patch, and all is fine.

However when I run firefox as a user, it still takes to me the update screen and somehow does not recognize that the patch has been applied.

If I do su -c firefox, then all is fine, but I want to run the application, as a user, not as root.

I have also installed firefox from the tgz in my home area. All is fine here, except that it does not see the plugins already installed in /usr/lib area. In addition, I have to manually create the shortcut, while RPM install does it for mr.

My personal preference is to install from RPM as it automatically puts it in the K panel; all plug in paths work automatically w/o much hand holding

any possible solutions for
1. why firefox run as user (either thru xterm, or shortcut) does not see the patch but run as root does?

Old 10-13-2004, 07:11 PM   #2
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your might have 2 versions of the fox installed ?

use "type -p firefox" for each user to verify which program you call
Old 10-13-2004, 07:35 PM   #3
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I had the same problem...just check out this quote for the fix....

I'm not sure if your chmod included these, but you need to chmod 644 the following two files:


If you already did that, then I'm of no help, sorry

That shoudl fix everything ;-)

Also...Firefox may be installed in /usr/lib instead...or some other place (can't think of all the places...)
Old 10-14-2004, 12:52 AM   #4
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Thanks chatterbug89,

the chmod644 was needed for bug*.js file, the nshelper*.js was already 644.

Now firefox is fine in user mode also.

Old 10-14-2004, 05:41 PM   #5
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Yeah...they should put something on the Mozilla site about seems a lot of people are having this same problem


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