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Firefox ESR 31 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Steven Chan
Senior Director

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[Update: Sep. 10, 2014: Removed listings for Windows XP and 8]

Mozilla Firefox 31 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

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.

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.

As of this announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Firefox ESR 10, 17, 24, and 31.

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

EBS 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.
EBS R12.0.x
  • 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.
EBS 12.1.x:
  • Base release

EBS 12.2.x:

  • Base release

Certified desktop operating systems

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP2

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 ( 4 )
  • guest Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    This morning Firefox was updated to version 37.0.1 and all of a sudden the EBS app does not want to open up.

    Worked fine on version 36. What I could see from the release notes was that it was a change to http/2 that caused this.

    Any idea as to when EBS will be certified with this version as it seem security is really becoming an issue in the browsers.


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    Hello, Guest,

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

    As stated in the article above, only the Firefox ESR releases are certified with E-Business Suite. Firefox 37 is not part of the ESR release line; it is part of the Rapid Release line.

    I'd recommend either switching back to Firefox 31 on the ESR line or checking whether you've applied the latest patches listed in our EBS browser documentation. We will be releasing our certification with Firefox ESR 38 soon, so that is something that you should monitor this blog for.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Francis Monday, May 18, 2015

    When is ESR 38 certified?


  • Steven Chan Monday, May 18, 2015

    Francis,

    As I noted in my email to you last month, we’ve been testing betas for Firefox ESR 38 since they became available. We intend to certify it with EBS 12.2, 11.5.10.2, and 12.1.

    As usual, I’m not permitted to speculate about release dates, but you’re welcome to monitor this blog for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


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