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Windows updates through Firefox


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#1 Bazcaz

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 05:22 AM

Now you don`t have to go through Internet Explorer to download Windows updates....have tried on three different computers and works well.....so if you were hanging on to IE just to get updates now there is NO need to!

http://windowsupdate.62nds.com/

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 08:36 AM

By any chance, did you throw it up on a test box first to see exactly what it did (ie, doesn't open any backdoors, etc)?

By my twisted logic, part of the security issues with IE are the ActiveX components, and you need ActiveX to be able to download updates....so does the plug in just make it possible for Firefox to use ActiveX? Which then in turn makes it so ActiveX can be abused through Firefox...

Actually, I don't have a clue if it works that way at all... might be fun to look at though.

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 10:28 PM

I did notice that the site warns that updates may see a delay before they appear on the site, but without any sort of time-frame. I also wonder if one uses this service, whether the updates will show on the MS security update page as installed on one's computer.
Perhaps Bazcaz could throw some light on the latter question, by checking the history page at MS update.
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Posted 23 July 2005 - 01:25 AM

By any chance, did you throw it up on a test box first to see exactly what it did (ie, doesn't open any backdoors, etc)?

By my twisted logic, part of the security issues with IE are the ActiveX components, and you need ActiveX to be able to download updates....so does the plug in just make it possible for Firefox to use ActiveX? Which then in turn makes it so ActiveX can be abused through Firefox...

Actually, I don't have a clue if it works that way at all... might be fun to look at though.

No it does not use Active X has it`s own plugin...is in program files npupd62.dll -- in a plug-in folder.




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