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Enterprise Rollout and Management of Firefox




Enterprise Rollout and Management of Firefox
Enterprise Rollout and Management of Firefox



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: Enterprise Rollout and Management of Firefox

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - nCircle Reconfigures Itself with Acquisition of Cambia Security
   - New Microsoft Tool Strips Exploits Out of Office Documents
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
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     and Opera Have Vulnerabilities
   - FAQ: Fix File Access Problems After Upgrading to Vista
   - From the Forum: Controlling Access to a Data Repository on a Cluster
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   - Share Your Security Tips

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=== IN FOCUS: Enterprise Rollout and Management of Firefox ====   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

I'm sure many of you use Mozilla Firefox at least part of the time. 
Keeping the browser updated and configured in a secure manner on a few 
systems isn't a lot of work. On the other hand, trying to use Firefox 
with more than a dozen computers soon becomes a real chore. Installing 
Firefox on desktops one by one takes plenty of time. Checking desktops 
to make sure the latest updates are loaded is also time consuming, as 
is making sure that people don't reconfigure the browser to use 
settings and plug-ins that you don't want used. 

Did you know that rather than manually performing rollouts and 
management, you can use Windows Installer, Group Policy, and Active 
Directory (AD) to help automate these tasks? To push out Firefox with 
Windows Installer, you of course need to have properly prepared MSI 
package files, and to manage configurations, you need Firefox to 
interact with AD. I found a company that has a solution to both 
problems. 

FrontMotion maintains a Web-based tool, Firefox Packaging Service (at 
the URL below), that lets you package your choice of the last three 
releases of Firefox along with up to 10 plug-ins from a list of 17. The 
site will then build an MSI package that you can download to use for 
your rollout or upgrade process. Use of the service costs $150 per 
year, and that price gives you the ability to build packages as often 
as you need to. 
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FrontMotion also makes available its free FrontMotion Firefox Community 
Edition (at the URL below), which is based on the latest version of 
Firefox and has the capability of interacting with AD and Group Policy. 
So you can choose to use Firefox Community Edition to build your 
package, or if you don't need AD integration, you can choose a standard 
version of Firefox.
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Firefox Community Edition not only integrates with AD, it also gives 
you the ability to control the desktop icon as well as shell 
integration, similar to the way Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 
integrates with the shell. It also can be set to be the default 
browser, handles uninstallation if you need that, comes with Adobe 
Flash Player pre-installed, and more. 

So with Firefox Community Edition, you can easily use AD and Group 
Policy to handle rollout and configuration, and tools from other third 
parties accomplish similar tasks. Dion Liddell makes a tool called 
WetDog (at the URL below) that lets you control configuration of both 
Mozilla and Firefox by using Group Policy in AD. WetDog comes with an 
executable file that you put on your domain controllers (DCs) and 
insert into user logon scripts. 
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Bob Templeton developed a tool, FFDeploy, that lets you build a package 
for rolling out Firefox. Development of the tool appears to have 
stopped back in 2005, but the tool is written in Visual Basic, so you 
could modify it if it doesn't suit your needs. 
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And last but not least, Mark Sammons made a tool called FirefoxADM that 
helps you integrate and control Firefox by using Group Policy. 
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New Microsoft Tool Strips Exploits Out of Office Documents
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Another university is reportedly going to begin offering a virus-
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running these applications is exposed to potentially dangerous security 
risks.
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FAQ: Fix File Access Problems After Upgrading to Vista
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