Skipping Extension Installation Delay

Firefox has a delay when you install extensions as a security mechanism. This is done because it would otherwise be pretty easy for a website to trick someone into installing an extension before they even realize what they are doing (which is obviously a bad thing). See Bug 162020 for details and even an example.

I’ve seen a few sites publicize how to disable this security feature, though I’d point out this is really not a good idea. It’s 5 seconds people. Even if you have 20 extensions installed, your talking about 100 seconds, less than 2 minutes of your life. Seems like a reasonable compromise for the extra security.

Back to the drawing board

Don’t ask me how I came upon this, I was just casually link hopping, as we all do, and stumbled upon one of the semi-forgotten artifacts of Mozilla Heritage.

I’m sure some who haven’t stumbled upon this before will enjoy some of Ben Goodger’s work from days of old. Of particular note is “addins”, described as “details about proposed addins plan. Superseded by XPInstall and overlays.” Includes some hand drawn diagrams.

I remember way back when releases were milestones… and buggy as heck on Mac OS Classic. Good times.

This concludes the lesson in Mozilla History 101.