Mozilla Firefox the camera remains active even after locking the screen
Mozilla is currently working on a fix for this bug discovered more than a year ago. The patch is expected to arrive in October 2020. Better late than never. Mozilla announced this Friday, July 17, 2020, that it was working on the deployment of a fix for a bug detected over a year ago. Mozilla Firefox the camera remains active even after locking the screen, when the Firefox application is in the background or when the device is locked.
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This bug was spotted in July 2019 and manifests itself when users are watching a streaming video from Firefox, not from another native app. The developer who discovered this anomaly noticed that the video streams sent and received by Firefox kept coming and going, at times when there should be no data transfer.
A danger to your privacy
The main drawbacks of this bug are to represent a danger for your privacy and to continue to consume the mobile data from your data envelope (or to pull on your Wi-Fi). ” As is the case with dedicated conferencing applications, we display a system notification that lets users know when a website in Firefox accesses the camera or the microphone, but we recognize that we can do better, especially when it is hidden because the screen is locked, ” explains the spokesperson for Mozilla to our colleagues from the ZDnet site.
With this fix in preparation, Mozilla plans to ” solve the problem by defaulting the screen in audio mode only when the screen is locked”. According to Mozilla, the patch should be deployed in October 2020, first for the platform, then for all users. As a reminder, the web version of Mozilla was the victim of a zero-day flaw in June 2019. Several hackers had successfully exploited this vulnerability to attack users in possession of cryptocurrency.