Silent Update OS Dialogs

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Silent Update: Removal of OS security dialog for Windows
Stage Shipped
Status Complete
Release target Firefox 12
Health OK
Status note Work landed in Firefox 12.


Product manager Chris Lee
Directly Responsible Individual Lawrence Mandel
Lead engineer Brian Bondy
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Simona Badau (irc: simonab)
UX lead `
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members Chris Atlee

Open issues/risks


Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

We have broken out the OS dialogs into two feature pages given the requirement differences between Windows and Mac.

Below are the requirements for Windows where the current upgrade process runs into modal dialogs that interrupt the user's work flow.

For Windows:

  • The UAC (user account control) dialog pop-ups during the update process
  • Screenshot below:


  • The requirement here is to override this dialog so it does not impact the user's workflow in any way
  • bug 481815
  • bug 529746

2. Users & use cases


3. Dependencies


4. Requirements




Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design


Stage 3: Planning

7. Implementation plan


8. Reviews

Security review


Privacy review


Localization review




Quality Assurance review


Operations review


Stage 4: Development

9. Implementation

ID Summary Priority Status
709598 If no registry keys exist for the install dir, don't try to use the maintenance service for updates -- RESOLVED
711140 Use maintenance service if the fallback key is present so tests can run -- RESOLVED
711505 Callback application should be locked when doing updates from the service -- RESOLVED
719947 Add an indeterminate progress bar for updates applied from service -- RESOLVED
720688 Add the ability to strip MAR signatures -- VERIFIED
725180 Create test suite for libmar -- RESOLVED

6 Total; 0 Open (0%); 5 Resolved (83.33%); 1 Verified (16.67%);

Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria


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Feature details

Priority P1
Rank 1.1
Theme / Goal Experience
Roadmap Firefox Desktop
Secondary roadmap Firefox Desktop
Feature list Desktop
Project Silent Update
Engineering team Platform Integration
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Team status notes

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Quality assurance ` Test Plan
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Operations ` `
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