The dust has settled, after Avast security vendor has disabled Firefox HTTPS filtering in their antivirus products, Mozilla has now began offering Firefox 65 update to Windows users via Automatic updates.
What happened: On January 29, 2019, Mozilla has released Firefox 65 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Users after upgrading to latest Firefox version from 64, unable to connect to websites with Avast or AVG software installed and received Your connection is not secure and the website uses invalid certificate errors for secure websites. They’ve reported the issue to Mozilla on their help forums. The company immediately stopped delivering Firefox via automatic updates to Windows users.
When Mozilla contacted Avast to check out what’s happening as the issue seems to be caused by Antivirus software, the company disabled Firefox HTTPS scanning in their products that was responsible for the issue and pushed update to users. The configuration update was published 3 days back, after knowing the fix shipped to avast and AVG users and after confirming with QA team and from Telemetry data, Mozilla release team management restarted sending update to Firefox users.
Here is what Firefox release manager Ryan Vandermeulen said few hours ago announcing the change “Thanks for rolling our the change to your users.Our QA team was able to confirm it helping and the telemetry data we’re seeing on our end also corroborates that. Based on that. we have unthrottled updates on Windows”.
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