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Firefox follows Chrome and prepares to block insecure downloads

Accepted submission by owl at 2021-08-23 16:52:12
Security

https://therecord.media/firefox-follows-chrome-and-prepares-to-block-insecure-downloads/ [therecord.media]

Mozilla developers are putting the finishing touches on a new feature that will block insecure file downloads in Firefox.

Called mixed content downloaded blocking, the feature works by blocking files downloads initiated from an encrypted HTTPS page but which actually take place via an unencrypted HTTP channel.

The idea behind this feature is to prevent Firefox users from getting misled by the URL bar and think they’re downloading a file securely via HTTPS when, in reality, the file could be tampered with by third parties while in transit.


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