Mozilla Firefox Quantum Extended Support Release 60 is certified as a macOS-based client browser on macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.
What Use-cases Are Certified?
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) R12 has two interfaces: a web-based (OA Framework/HTML) model for modules like iProcurement and iStore, and Oracle Forms/Java based model for our professional services modules like Oracle Financials.
Firefox Quantum Extended Support Release (ESR) 60.x is now certified with macOS for both web-based and Oracle Forms/Java based models as outlined below.
Oracle E-Business Suite
Desktop Operating System
Java Web Start (JWS)
While this is the minimum recommended Java release, users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest and therefore most secure Java 8 CPU release available.
Prerequisite Patch Requirements
Running Firefox on macOS using Java Web Start (JWS) with EBS requires additional patching.
For further information on patch and set up requirements see
Implications for Safari 12 on macOS
Customers have been asking about the compatibility of new versions of the following Apple products with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2:
Neither of these two products have been certified with either EBS 12.1 or EBS 12.2 as of October 18, 2018.
Safari 12 is unable to launch Java in the way that prior Safari versions could. This will prevent E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 customers from running Forms-based products. Therefore, customers should *NOT* upgrade to Safari 12 on macOS desktop platforms.
macOS Mojave (macOS 10.14) includes Safari 12. Customers should *NOT* upgrade to macOS Mojave.
What changed in Safari 12?
Safari 12 introduces an important change: it removes support for “legacy NPAPI plug-ins”. This affects all EBS releases. macOS Mojave includes Safari 12.
Some products within Oracle EBS 12.1 and 12.2 run via HTML in browsers. These products are sometimes called “self-service web applications”. They are expected to run without issue in Safari 12, but our certification testing is still underway.
Some products within Oracle EBS 12.1 and EBS 12.2 use Oracle Forms. Oracle Forms requires Java for desktop clients. On the macOS desktop platform, the only certified option today for launching Java is via the JRE plugin via the NPAPI approach.
This means that Safari 12 and macOS Mojave (macOS 10.4) will be unable to use the current JRE plugin-based launching technology for Java and Forms for EBS desktop users.
Recommendations for EBS customers on macOS platforms
As of today, the latest certified versions of Safari and macOS are:
EBS customers should use only certified configurations. EBS customers who use Forms-based products should avoid upgrading to Safari 12 or macOS Mojave today.
EBS customers who have upgraded to Safari 12 on macOS 10.13 can use Firefox ESR 60 to run Forms-based products via the Java Web Start technology.
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. For more details about Firefox ESR, see the Mozilla ESR FAQ.
E-Business Suite certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases Only
New personal versions of Firefox on the Rapid Release channel are released roughly every six weeks. It is impractical for us to certify these new personal Rapid Release 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 on the Rapid Release channel with the E-Business Suite.
Plug-in Support removed in Firefox ESR 60
Mozilla has removed plug-in support in Firefox ESR 60. This means Firefox ESR 60 cannot run Forms-based content in EBS using the Java plugin method.
If your Firefox ESR 60 end-users run Forms-based content in EBS, you must switch from the JRE plugin to Java Web Start.
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:
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.