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Firefox to Import Windows Root Certs To Avoid Antivirus SSL Scanning Issues


In order to prevent future errors caused by the SSL scanning feature of many antivirus programs, Mozilla is performing a test that imports theWindows root certificates into Firefox.

When browsing the web, Firefox will validate a site's SSL certificate using their own built-in root certificate store rather than utilizing the one managed by Windows. This allows Mozilla to retain full control over what certificates will be trusted when browsing the web.

With the release of Mozilla Firefox 65 in February 2019, users suddenly started receiving errors while browsing that stated "Your Connection is not secure" or"SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER".

It turned out that these errors were being caused by an issue with the way antivirus programs, such as Avast, Bitdefender, and Kaspersky, were installing their certificates in Firefox in order to perform SSL scanning.

In order for an antivirus engine to scan SSL connections it will install their own certificates into the Firefox and Windows...(continued)

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