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Firefox 38 Fixes 13 Flaws, Ships With DRM Support


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"Mozilla has fixed 13 security flaws in Firefox 38, including five critical vulnerabilities. The new version of the browser also includes a feature that enables the use of DRM-enabled video content in Firefox, a decision that comes with some controversy. DRM (digital rights management), the generic name for technologies that are used to restrict the consumption of premium content, is widely seen as a flawed system, and Mozilla officials acknowledged that enabling DRM-wrapped content in Firefox was a difficult decision.

 

“A year ago, we announced the start of efforts to implement support for a component in Firefox that would allow content wrapped in Digital Rights Management (DRM) to be played within the HTML5 video tag. This was a hard decision because of our Mission and the closed nature of DRM. As we explained then, we are enabling DRM in order to provide our users with the features they require in a browser and allow them to continue accessing premium video content. We don’t believe DRM is a desirable market solution, but it’s currently the only way to watch a sought-after segment of content,” Denelle Dixon-Thayer of Mozilla wrote in a post.

 

“Today, Firefox includes an integration with the Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM) to playback DRM-wrapped content. The CDM will be downloaded from Adobe shortly after you upgrade or install Firefox and will be activated when you first interact with a site that uses Adobe CDM.”

 

To help alleviate the potential user pushback on this decision, Mozilla also is offering a version of Firefox 38 that doesn’t include the CDM module. The company also has designed a sandbox that encompasses the CDM."

 

All the rest is covered on the full article here: https://threatpost.com/firefox-38-fixes-13-flaws-ships-with-drm-support/112764#sthash.aTdRb5wd.dpuf

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