Many Firefox users may have noticed an issue with their browser by now. They’re unable to install new extensions while the ones that they already have installed are broken. Mozilla is aware of the issue and has even explained what has caused it. Furthermore, the company is working on a fix so that users can once again use the extensions.
Mozilla clarified in a blog post that a certificate expiration is to blame for the extensions being broken. It confirms that the issue has been identified and that a fix will soon be rolled out for users.
“The fix will be automatically applied in the background within the next few hours. No active steps need to be taken to make add-ons work again,” it added. So users should be able to use the extensions once again within a few hours. No action is necessary on their part as it will all be sorted out on its own.
Mozilla does caution users that they shouldn’t try to delete and re-install the extensions as that wouldn’t do anything to make it better. What that would actually do is delete the accumulated data instead. The first fix that Mozilla will roll out is not going to apply to Firefox for Android or Firefox ESR. Mozilla says that the patch for those versions will be released in the near future as well.