Thunderbird bz 579023 still not fixed even though there is an upstream fix available

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Thu Apr 29 06:24:10 UTC 2010

mike cloaked wrote:
> One more point which may not be directly on thread but which IS
> important - many people use their browser for online banking and a
> good number of banks will not allow login from any browser not on
> their "approved" list.  At present if you are running Firefox then
> most banks will allow login - if you switch to another less well
> recognised browser then users may find their bank will then not permit
> online access (possibly even if you switch user agent string!).   For
> example in general chrome is working pretty well (yes it is not FOSS)
> - but my bank will not permit login using chrome in linux (though it
> will from Windows! This is because it won't allow a beta as it is not
> released code!). A "released" chromium may get allowed for such use
> but this is uncertain at present.
> I think you need to be careful with such issues - and also ensure that
> security is looked after vigorously for similar reasons. Switching
> away from Firefox to Iceweasel or Coldcoyote or whatever may not play
> nice with important sites such as banks!

If we have it send Firefox's UA (or add an option to do it), which has been 
proven in court not to be trademark infringement, and also have it return 
"Firefox" for JS queries for the browser name, which is not trademark 
infringement for the same reason (it's required for interoperability), they 
have no way to tell the difference. (After all the code is the same except 
for the name and for distro integration patches they have no way to detect.)

        Kevin Kofler

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