At midnight on 4th May 2019 UTC, the internet went into meltdown (figuratively speaking) when all Firefox users running the latest version of Firefox (v66) experienced their extensions go into disabled mode. The "Firefox" hashtag was soon trending on Twitter as well as on other social media platforms.
The reason behind the disabled extensions was quickly isolated to an intermediate signed certificate that become expired. At time of writing, Firefox developers were busy finding a resolution to their browser which is currently affecting millions of users worldwide.
Some tweets from Firefox users that discovered this error :
May 4, 2019
We're really sorry for this! It appears to be an issue with an expired certificate in Firefox, causing ALL add-ons to be disabled. Read more about it here: https://t.co/ZJeMHfznUW— Adblock Plus (@AdblockPlus) May 4, 2019
Update: Here is the latest update from Andreas Wagner, Add-ons Technical Editor, regarding a resolution to the disabled extensions issue.
"9:20 p.m. UTC / 2:20 p.m. PDT:
We released Firefox 66.0.4 for Desktop and Android, as well as Firefox 60.6.2 ESR that re-enables extensions. For more information, please read the update on https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2019/05/04/update-regarding-add-ons-in-firefox 810 . Thank you for being patient with us! Thanks to everyone working on it!"
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