Thursday, September 10, 2009
Bypassing Windows Security Checks in Firefox 3
Firefox 3 now respects any Windows security settings, such as not allowing you to download MSI and EXE files. Better security if you don't know what you're doing, sure, but annyoing when you're trying to download a bunch of stuff to configure a new Windows server. Easy fix without changing the Windows security policies at the OS level is to open a new tab in Firefox, and in the location bar, type about:config and hit enter. This will bring up Firefox's configuration settings. Right-click anywhere and choose "New" then "boolean." For the name of the new config setting, type browser.download.manager.skipWinSecurityPolicyChecks and set the value to true. Hit OK and you're done--no need to even restart Firefox. Lots more about the Firefox settings related to downloads and security can be found on the mozillazine.org site.