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Firefox ESR 45 Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan
Senior Director

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Mozilla Firefox 45 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

New personal versions of Firefox are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal 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 with the E-Business Suite.

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)
  • Windows Vista SP2

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Comments ( 4 )
  • guest Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    EBS 12.1 and 12.2 was working with old firefox. I upgraded to Firefox ESR and forms never opened. It's always asling to install JRE thou i did multiple times. I have an SR open with Oracle Support (3-14203878391) and

    is still open.

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    "In order to access this application, you must install the J2SE Plugin version 1.X.0_XX. To install this plugin, click here to download the oaj2se.exe executable. Once the download is complete, double-click the oaj2se.exe file to install the plugin. You will be prompted to restart your browser when the installation is complete."

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    Thanks

    Tony


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Hi, Tony,

    I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with this.

    When Mozilla split Firefox into two streams -- Rapid Release vs. ESR -- we switched to certifying only the ESR release. The ESR release is only changed annually, whereas the core rendering engine of the Rapid Release can change as frequently as every 6 weeks and can break applications. The vast majority of our customers cannot keep up with certifying their internal web-based applications every six weeks.

    For information about Firefox ESR, see:

    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/faq/

    It sounds like you've hit some kind of configuration issue with your desktop. I've looked at your SR and will ensure that our recommendations get funnelled through it directly. We'll get you back on track quickly. Please monitor your SR for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Thanks Steven. I will wait for an update from Oracle Support.


  • guest Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Seems the issue is Firefox ESR not detecting java installed on machine. Looks like the add-ons wont work the same way as it worked for normal firefox.


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