Firefox Extended Support Release 10 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Firefox Extended Support Release ESR logoMozilla Firefox 10 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 Extended Support Release ESR cycle

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.

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 Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later with;
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (Metalink 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
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 with;
  • 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:

Do we have similar browser certification details available for Fusion Applications?

Posted by Abhijit Dhakephalkar on March 04, 2012 at 11:52 PM PST #

Abhijit,

I'm part of the E-Business Suite division and don't have any visibility into certifications for Fusion Applications. You'll need to follow up with someone in that division for details about their browser certifications.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 05, 2012 at 07:43 AM PST #

Good Morning Chan:
We are in Oracle EBS version higher R12.1.3.
With reference to Firefox, you say "base release". Does this mean, Firefox base release or "EBS R12.1.2 or more and no patches" ? Can you please clarify?
Thanks
Srini

Posted by SriniR on March 15, 2012 at 07:18 AM PDT #

Srini,

The term "base release" is in the EBS 12.1.1, so it refers to EBS 12.1.1. In other words, you can use Firefox ESR 10 with EBS 12.1.1 directly. No additional EBS 12.1.1 patches are required for Firefox ESR 10 compatibility.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 15, 2012 at 09:55 AM PDT #

Steven, Firefox ESR 17.0 is coming soon. I hope Oracle is already testing and certifying it because once it's released, ESR 10.0 will be end of life and no longer updated or supported by Mozilla.

Posted by guest on October 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

Yes, the article above states, "From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite will be certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions."

We plan to certify the E-Business Suite with the next upcoming Firefox ESR 17 release. Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM PDT #

I read Firefox 17 is coming out in November. Does anyone know the exact date in November of Firefox 17 and will Firefox 17 ESR be released at the same time? Also, Secunia is already falsely reporting my Mozilla Firefox 10.0.10 esr as end of life and out of date. The about Firefox tab says the version is current. I do prefer the layout and formatting of Mozilla Firefox 10 esr to Mozilla Firefox 16 so I am interested if Mozilla will keep the current nice layout for organizations and individuals who prefer it to the more current version that also seems to be hit with more vulnerabilities if you compare Mozilla Firefox 10 ESR to Mozilla Firfox 16.x on the Mozilla site. HTML syntax is not allowed so you will just have to look it up for yourselves.

Posted by Dan on October 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM PDT #

Hello, Dan,

I don't think anyone from Oracle is in a position to commit to release dates for Firefox. You might have better luck with posting your question to a Mozilla forum about the Firefox ESR releases:

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

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM PDT #

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