Tag Archives: Firefox

Updating VLC plug-in in FireFox with 64-bit VLC installed

I discovered this issue as part of checking that all plug-ins in Firefox is up to date (thanks to Adobe’s security mess). The VLC plug-in was listed as outdated so I updated VLC from their web site – the 64-bit version as that is what I use.

Checking Firefox again (plugincheck) I noticed VLC was still listed as outdated with the version unchanged. Thanks to Google I found an article that shows how to get the path of all Firefox plug-ins (about:plugins). This gave me the path C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\npvlc.dll . Fortunately VLC provides a plain zip/7zip download of their apps (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html) which you can use to simply copy the files over the old version.

Well, that is one way to skin a… fix a plug-in I mean… 🙂

Firefox and NTLM authentiction

I love my Firefox and it is still my no 1 browser for general browsing but one thing that really annoys me at work is that it doesn’t play nice with Integrated Windows authentication (aka NTLM) when dealing woth Intranet web applications. Fortunately there is a ‘fix’ for it that requires a tweaking the internal settings (about:config) of Firefox.

Follow these steps to enable NTLM for specific web servers:

  1. In the URL bar type about:config and accept the warning you might be getting…
  2. Look for or filter for the property ‘network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris’
  3. Edit (double-click) this property
  4. Add the server names or addresses separated by commas. .i.e localhost,serverA,serverB,…
  5. Save changes (click OK)
  6. Open Firefox’s ‘Options’ and go to the ‘Advanced’ tab -> Network
  7. In the Connection section click ‘Settings’ and add the same server names in the ‘No Proxy for’ text box. This is to make sure it doesn’t use the proxy to access these servers which will break the NTLM authentication as well.
  8. Save any changes (click OK)

Too bad Firefox can’t automatically figure out which local ‘Intranet’ servers require NTLM authentication like IE and Chrome does…





Firefox tip

Quick tip: This might only work for version 10 (not tested otherwise) but you can type ‘about:memory’ in the URL bar of the browser to see details of what and how memory is used. Nice!