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why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby Argonianaccount » Mon, 13 Mar 2017, 17:53

Why is this warning Author Not Verified on every extension download even those from the palemoon addons site. Im the kind of person that tries to use as few addons as possible for 3 reasons:

*Addon becomes out of date, no longer supported stops working.
*Compromises browser security perhaps because it is no longer being updated or flawed from the get go.
*Addon compromises privacy.

So i would like to know why no author of any extension can be verified and this warning is always given! Thank you.

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Re: why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby JustOff » Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 20:02

The ability of add-on signing for author verification was introduced by Mozilla about 10 years ago (in Firefox 2?), but I saw only one or two extensions that used this feature (Adblock Plus and ?). May be it's time just to remove this from install dialog because it actually means nothing.
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Re: why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby New Tobin Paradigm » Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 20:50

This discussion already happened. It stays for now. Bigger fish to fry than a bobble like this.
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Re: why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby gracious1 » Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 13:44

Not being privy to the prior discussion, I would like to know more about why this warning is in there, and why it cannot or will not be removed, and who made that decision. It may seem trivial, but to the end-user seeing this warning does not inspire confidence but rather doubt. This is a big deal to many users. Therefore, I would like to encourage the developers to remove it.
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Re: why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby New Tobin Paradigm » Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 13:56

It isn't a warning. It is informational. Also, many users? This thread is the first time it has been brought up. I brought it up a year or two back.. But it just isn't important.
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Re: why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby Moonchild » Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 14:33

Signing an extension to verify author requires a code-signing certificate. Most extension developers who don't do this for a living will not want to spend the money required for such a certificate. As such, Pale Moon can't verify that the extension is published by the person who claims to be the author. Then again, that is what we have people for who check things before they are published on the add-ons site.
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Re: why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby ArchieLukas » Fri, 14 Apr 2017, 15:15

Thanks Moonchild for a real honest non-avoiding the subject answer.

Much appreciated

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Re: why is every extension even those from the palemoon addons site Author not Verified??

Postby gracious1 » Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 21:33

Moonchild wrote:Signing an extension to verify author requires a code-signing certificate. Most extension developers who don't do this for a living will not want to spend the money required for such a certificate.....


I meant to thank you for an honest, straight-forward answer about this, too. Thanks.
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