Firefox matches Chrome browser extension changes in the name of security

Firefox matches Chrome browser extension changes in the name of security

TechRadar·2021-05-29 06:00

Two years after Google proposed and adopted changes to its web browser extension framework, Firefox is ready to follow suit, but with one exception.Collectively known as Manifest v3, the changes addressed many of the security issues with the browsers existing framework, which allowed extensions to undo the browser's security model and grab sensitive data.  While Manifest v3 created incompatibilities between Chrome and Firefox, the latter decided to wait and watch the evolution of the framework before adopting it. TechRadar needs you!We're looking at how our readers use VPN for a forthcoming in-depth report. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the survey below. It won't take more than 60 seconds of your time.>> Click here to start the survey in a new window<<“As we previously wrote, we want to maintain a high degree of compatibility to support cross-browser development. We will introduce Manifest v3 support for Firefox extensions,” Firefox developers shared in a blog post.Firefox developers were quick to add that while theyll adopt Manifest v3, their implementation will diverge from Chromes implementation in certain areas where Firefox believes its “values point to a different solution.”When it introduced Manifest v3 in 2019, Google claimed it was one of the biggest shifts in the extensions platform and offered extensions using it enhanced security, privacy, and performance.However, Manifest v3 deprecated certain capabilities of the WebRequestAPI that ad-blocking extensions like uBlock Origin and Ghostery rely on to function. In their plans to implement Manifest v3, developers of the popular open source web browser has shared that after discussions with several content blocking extension developers, they have decided to retain support for the blocking capabilities of WebRequestAPI along with Googles replacement, called decalarativeNetRequest (DNR).“We will support blocking webRequest until theres a better solution which covers all use cases we consider important, since DNR as currently implemented by Chrome does not yet meet the needs of extension developers,” wrote Firefox.Via The Register


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