Quitting the desktop kills (not quits) Firefox

Bug #567998 reported by tz on 2010-04-21
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When shutting down or logging out of the X session, Firefox is killed instead of closed (the equivalent of hitting the close decoration or quit and waiting).

This is a problem if you want to keep important files encrypted - e.g. a crash recovery session restore won't (can't) be encrypted, nor will journal files, caches, or other things. Actual crashes are rare so this is probably tolerable or can be handled by encryption at higher levels.

However when simply restarting Ubuntu (e.g. a system update) if I don't MANUALLY close firefox first (and if I do it won't restart automatically which I would really want) it will also leave these files around. I do shut-down or restart fairly often.

A normal quit should do so in a way that shuts down the applications cleanly in order for the applications to clean up any sensitive data which might be left open.

Some of this probably needs to be fixed in firefox, but if you are doing a "kill -9" it won't help.

security vulnerability: yes → no
visibility: private → public
shankao (shankao) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/FindRightPackage . I have classified this bug as a bug in firefox.

When reporting bugs in the future please use apport by using 'ubuntu-bug' and the name of the package affected. You can learn more about this functionality at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs.

affects: ubuntu → firefox (Ubuntu)
Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

If you're not on gnome, you need firefox-gnome-support installed and then this should work fine (although, in Oneiric and newer this no longer works. Bug 867424 covers dropping the libgnome dependency for this feature)

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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