Firefox ESR 52 Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

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Mozilla Firefox 52 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.

What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

Mozilla offers an Extended Support Release
based on an official release of Firefox for organizations that are
unable to mass-deploy new consumer-oriented versions of Firefox every
six weeks.  From the Mozilla ESR FAQ:

What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like?

Releases
will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases
containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases.
The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of
a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release to permit
testing and certification prior to deploying a new version.

Maintenance of each ESR, through point releases, is limited to
high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities and in rare cases may
also include off-schedule releases that address live security
vulnerabilities. Backports of any functional enhancements and/or
stability fixes are not in scope.

At the end of the support period for an ESR version:

  • the release will reach its end-of-life
  • no further updates will be offered for that version
  • an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service

E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases Only

New personal versions of Firefox on the Rapid Release channel are released roughly every six
weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal Rapid Release versions
of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox
release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.

From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite is
certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions.
Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases
on the Rapid Release channel with the E-Business Suite.

Plug-in Support removed in Firefox Rapid Release 52

Mozilla has removed plug-in support in Firefox Rapid Release 52.  This means that the Rapid Release version of Firefox cannot run Forms-based content in EBS. 

Firefox Extended Support Release continues to offer plug-in support.  End-users who need to use Forms-based content in EBS must run the Firefox Extended Support Release. 

Will EBS offer an alternative to plug-ins?

Yes. We are working on an update to EBS that allows Forms-based content to run in browsers that do not have plug-in support.  See:

When will the new Java Web Start alternative be released?

Oracle’s Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you’re welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I’ll post updates here as soon as soon as they’re available.   

    EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues

    Mozilla stresses their goal of ensuring that Firefox personal
    versions will continue to offer the same level of application
    compatibility as Firefox Extended Support Releases. 

    Oracle E-Business Suite Development will issue new E-Business Suite
    patches or workarounds that can be reproduced with Firefox Extended
    Support Releases.  If you report compatibility issues with Firefox
    personal releases that cannot be reproduced with Firefox Extended
    Support Releases, your options are:

    1. Deploy a certified Firefox Extended Support Release version instead of the Firefox personal version
    2. Report the incompatibility between Firefox ESR and Firefox personal to Mozilla
    3. Use Internet Explorer (on Windows) or Safari (on Mac OS X) until Mozilla resolves the issue

    EBS Compatibility with Firefox ESR security updates

    Mozilla may release new updates to Firefox ESR versions to address
    high-risk/high-impact security issues.  These updates are considered to
    be certified with the E-Business Suite on the day that they’re
    released.  You do not need to wait for a certification from Oracle
    before deploying these new Firefox ESR security updates.

    Certified desktop operating systems

    • Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)

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