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Firefox Locks Components Directory For Third Parties

Companies basically have three options if they want their software programs to be compatible with Firefox: They can create a Firefox add-on, a plugin, or integrate the program in the components directory directly. The last option caused lots of concern for the Mozilla developers who linked these method to instabilities and crashes in the web browser. The main reason for these was code that was not updated to follow steps with the Firefox development. The code changes in later Firefox versions resulted in these incompatibilities.
Even worse was the fact that Firefox users were not able to manage these components at all as they would not be displayed in the add-onís and pluginís section of the web browser. This meant that Firefox users were not able to disable them if they encountered incompatibilities. But the Mozilla developers themselves were also unable to react on incompatible components or those that would pose a security risk to Firefox users. You might remember that they did block a Microsoft plugin globally after a security vulnerability was disclosed but that was a plugin, not something that was added to the components directory.
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