Friday, October 25, 2013

Installing Firefox on Solaris (Update II)

This part three of my "How to Install Firefox" series of posts. Please read the other Firefox posts linked to at the bottom of this post, for additional information. This post is an update on the Firefox situation on Solaris.

The Oracle Security Blog, posted on October 13, 2013, the long awaited patch for Firefox. You will need a MOS (My Oracle Support) login to download the patches though. Patch 145080-13 for SPARC and patch 145081-12 for X86 will upgrade Firefox to 10.0.12 ESR. This is pathetic considering that at the time I'm writing this, Firefox is at version 24.0. Mozilla doesn't even support Firefox 10 ESR anymore. So why is Oracle giving us this now? Most operating systems are using Firefox 17 ESR right now and they will soon be moving to version 24 ESR. On top of that, Oracle's security blog also doesn't address any of the security vulnerabilities for 2013.

Note - Mozilla doesn't offer Firefox install packages for Solaris.

Current Mozilla supported versions
  • Firefox 17.0.9 ESR
  • Firefox 24.0
  • Firefox 24.0 ESR
Now on the install on Firefox.
The package Solaris uses for the Firefox install is SUNWfirefox. Run the command below to make sure that package is installed. There may be other Firefox related packages, that's OK.
root@earth> pkginfo -l | grep firefox
PKGINST: SUNWfirefoxl10n-es-ES
PKGINST: SUNWfirefox-devel

If the package is not installed then you will have to install it. Unfortunately it installs Firefox 3, so you need to patch it right away. As I mentioned above the patch will update Firefox to 10.0.12. If this is the 1st patch to be applied to Firefox it may take some time, this is normal. In the example below we are installing the SPARC patch.

root@earth> mv 145080-13 /tmp
root@earth> unzip 145080-13
root@earth> pkgadd 145080-13

And you're done. Test the application. If your previous version of Firefox was not part of a package, but instead was install using a tar file then you will have to delete it from the server. I have instructions on how to do that in my 1st post on how to install Firefox.

I have removed Firefox from my server at work because I don't think it is secure on Solaris 10. I am instead using Firefox on Linux server, until Oracle gets their act together. I have heard that Oracle will be releasing FireFox 17 ESR soon. The only problem is, Firefox is only coming to Solaris 11 and not Solaris 10. You can still get Firefox at or UNIXpackages.comwhich are the same people. The only issue with getting Firefox from there site is that it is not actually from them. They go out of there way to say this on there site and I quote; "They are the ONLY packages in our repository that are not compiled by us, and were contributed by External Offshore developers in East Asia"

Links to my other Firefox install posts
Installing Firefox on Solaris
Installing Firefox on Solaris (Update)
Installing Firefox on Solaris (Update III)

If you have any comments or question please post them below.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Access the Java Control Panel

Finding the Java Control Panel in Windows is easy. Now try finding it on a UNIX based system, not so easy. Below are my notes on accessing the Java Control Panel for both Oracle Java and IBM Java.


/usr/bin/java -viewer

If you have something to please post a comment below.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Checking for HTTP

I often need to check what version of Apache HTTP server is running in our environment. I also need to check for what modules are installed. The examples are form a Solaris 10 server and can be applied to any UNIX based operating system, like Linux.

The command below is the basic command for checking the HTTP version.
man@earth> httpd -v

It is best to run the find command. This way you can find any instaces on HTTP as well as any embedded versions that may be hiding on the server.
root@earth> find / -name httpd -type f 2>/dev/null

Then to check the version run the following command.
man@earth> /usr/local/apache2/bin/httpd -v
Server version: Apache/2.2.25 (Unix)
Server built: Jul 31 2013 23:39:37

Below is the command for checking what modules are installed.
man@earth> httpd -M

Other sites with info on this.

Related posts
Version index

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Get the OpenSSL version

I often have to check which versions of applications we have installed our servers. Below I have post the method of checking the version of OpenSSL installed on a server. The command below should work with any UNIX based operating system. I might even work on Windows.

man@earth> openssl version -a

To find the non system or embedded versions you will have to run the find command. Shown below.

root@earth> find / -name openssl -type f 2>/dev/null

I hope this helps someone

Monday, October 21, 2013

My BASH Promt

Below are my notes on how I like my BASH prompt setup. This prompt has two lines which I find helps to break up the commands from the output. The second line also gives more room for long commands and helps prevent the line from wrapping over top of the prompt. I also update the title bar on the terminal or xterm with the hostname and current working directory. I find this helpful because this way I will always know who I am on the system, what server I'm logged into and what directory I'm in without typing any commands.


Cut and paste the line below into your terminal or add in to your .profile file. If you like my prompt.
export PS1="\[\e]2;\h:\w \a\[\e[0;31m\]\u\[\e[0m\]@\e[0;32m\h\e[0;34m\]\n<\[\e[0m\] "

If you have any suggestions or questions post them below.