Firefox ESR 17 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Firefox ESR logoMozilla Firefox 17 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12.

What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

Mozilla has begun offering 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.

Firefox ESR schedule

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 will be 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.

As of this announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Firefox ESR 10 and 17.

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.

E-Business Suite Prerequisites

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or higher;
  • Base release

Certified desktop operating systems

  • Windows 7 & Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP1 & SP2
  • Windows XP SP3

References

Your feedback is welcome

I'd be very interested in hearing about your plans for adopting Firefox Extended Support Releases in your environments.  Please drop me a private email or post your comments here with your thoughts on this.

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Comments:

What is the difference between Firefox 18.0 the current and Firefox ESR 17? Is Firefox 18.0 certified? Most of our users have gotten automatically updated to this recently.
Thanks.
David

Posted by David on January 16, 2013 at 09:31 PM PST #

Hello, David,

> Is Firefox 18.0 certified?

We recommend that enterprise users remain on the ESR codeline. You can review the section, "E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases" above.

You can check with Mozilla on the differences between ESR 17 and their RRS 18 releases. If you've switched to the RRS codeline, you should review the section above titled, "EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues."

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM PST #

How about Firefox esr 24. Looks like by the diagram it should be certified or be certified very soon?

Posted by guest on February 11, 2014 at 08:40 PM PST #

Hi, Guest,

It's already certified. See:

Firefox ESR 24 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/firefox_24_certified_with_oracle

I've published a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite techstack certifications externally here:

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/resource/certifications.html

That listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support. The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all E-Business Suite certifications.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM PST #

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