Re: [FYI] the danger of extensions

From: Brett Zamir <>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 15:12:35 +0800

That was an interesting article, thanks...One concern I didn't see
specifically mentioned in the article is the security issue of updates
as well as first-time installations...

David Karger wrote:
> I think this is the tip of an iceberg. Extensions arepopular because
> they let us avoid a lot of the hassle of installing things in our OS.
> But the reason they let us avoid the hassle is that they shorcut a lot
> of the protections and access controls that an OS offers us. And the
> reason the OS offers us those capabilities is that they get really
> important when large numbers of components of different qualities need
> to work together. If we only installed one or two simple applications
> on our machines, we wouldn't need all the power of the OS. As
> extensions get more and more complicated and numerous, we're going to
> discover we want all those OS-type protections inside firefox.
> Perhaps we'll turn firefox into an OS to compensate, get annoyed at
> how complicated it becomes to "install" new extentions through those
> protections, pick some popular extension that most people have running
> in firefox, and develop a framework for installing
> extension-extensions inside that extension, thus starting the whole
> game over again.
> Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
>> Found this via MozillaZine
>> Food for thought.
Received on Sun Feb 12 2006 - 07:11:39 EST

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