Note: The Safe Browsing feature in Firefox has been renamed to Phishing Protection, but it's still now as Safe Browsing internally.
Google Safe Browsing was an anti-phishing extension released by Google on labs.google.com in December 2005. Google has released this extension to the Mozilla Foundation under MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1 in order that it might be used as part of Firefox if desired.
We've landed this change on the trunk as a global extension as of 7 March 2006. The next steps are to figure out whether this is something we want to use as the base for an anti-phishing feature in Firefox. Of course, whether it is enabled or even shipped is still a matter for discussion, as is the final form the extension might take, its UI, the way users opt-in, and the like.
You can read the discussion that lead up to to its integration in https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=329292
How to Enable
safebrowsing is enabled by default on the MOZILLA_1_8_BRANCH and trunk. You can enable/disable it in the Options dialog in the Security tab.
If you wish to see debugging output, open
toolkit/components/url-classifier/src/nsUrlClassifierLib.js and set
G_GDEBUG to true.
Product/Component: Toolkit/Safe Browsing
- Tracking bug
- The Firefox implementation is split into two parts:
- toolkit/components/url-classifier/ (includes the list manager)
- Local store is in:
- ~/.cache/mozilla/firefox/XXXX/safebrowsing/ on Linux
- ~/Library/Caches/Firefox/Profiles/XXXX/safebrowsing/ on Mac
- itisatrap.org test pages
- Telemetry dashboard
- Malware, phishing and unwanted software test pages
- Phishtank (real phishing sites)
- Google test pages
- Script to dump the contents of the local store
To turn on debugging output, export the following environment variable: