Mozilla Blocks Malicious Firefox Add-Ons Abusing Proxy API


The API allows add-ons to control the manner in which the browser connects to the Internet, and some extensions were found to abuse this.

Specifically, the manner in which the offending add-ons interacted with the API prevented users from accessing updated blocklists, from downloading updates, and from updating content remotely configured.

According to Mozilla, a total of 455,000 users downloaded and installed the malicious add-ons before the browser maker was able to block the extensions.