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FIREFOX and WATERFOX on WINDOWS INFORMATION page  (Mac users look here)

 

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32 bit computers    64 bit computers

   

Your outcome may vary.  If the instructions below don't work, I recommend you use Internet Explorer for CAC related websites.

 

Some Government websites simply will NOT work with anything other than Internet Explorer.  One example is the S/MIME control needed for your @mail.mil email address (or any other OWA (Outlook Web App / Access) to be able to send and read encrypted email.  This program was written exclusively for 32 bit Internet Explorer.  So, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and 64 bit Internet Explorer will not be able to digitally encrypt [or decrypt] emails.  One option has been added to this guide in the last few pages.

 

  There are now two other options to use your CAC with Firefox without installing ActivClient.  They are both Open Source middleware programs: Smart Card Manager with Coolkey, and OpenSC. 

 

Smart Card Manager 1.0.1-6-1 Installer for Windows can be downloaded here (Select the link titled: Smart Card Manager 1.0.1-6-1.exe next to Windows Installer) (Alternate download location).

 

OpenSC software can be downloaded in 32 bit or or 64 bit versions.  A person has tested this option and reported this:
"The 64 bit did not work for me, the 32 bit did.  When I installed the 64 bit, I could see the .dll in Windows Explorer, and yet Firefox would not show it to me in its Browse window.  I even typed it in myself, and raised the user permissions on the .dll to full control - neither worked.  Here is link to page that reports the same '64 bit doesn't work, 32 bit does' result. https://wiki.nps.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=21791651"
If anyone else gets different results, please let me know your experience.
 
If you figure out any other ways to make Firefox work without having to install any middleware like: ActivClient, OpenSC, or Smart Card Manager with Coolkey, please email me and let me know HOW you did it. 
 

Video for configuring Firefox with Windows

Video for configuring your Mac

 

 

NOTE:  Outcomes vary...It could be as simple as steps 1 & 2 which allows the Firefox application to "see" the CAC while other users have tried all of the suggestions and still have issues.  A few computers have required #3.

 

1.  Windows 7 (and below) users Download ActivClient 6.2.0.50 from links on ActivClient page, and then update it.

 

1a. Windows 8 (and above) users Download ActivClient 7.0.2.25 from links on ActivClient page, then update it.

 

1b. Use an Open Source middleware program like OpenSC.  Download the 32 bit version or the the 64 bit version.

 

2. Use this helpful guide to assist you in making your CAC work with Firefox / Waterfox (if it already works with Internet Explorer) 

NOTE:  Due to Firefox's / Waterfox's unpredictable nature, you may not be able to use it with your CAC.  Give these ideas a try, you may get lucky.

 

2a. An option for you to be able to use Firefox and access CAC enabled sites - IE Tab V2 (Enhanced IE Tab) (shown in the helpful guide at #2 above)

 

3.  Download the dod_configuration-1.3.6.xpi Firefox installation file from Forge.mil

 

4.  Follow the instructions located on the Firefox 2 page

 

5.  If you'd like to use Firefox on your computer, but do not want to install it, try this.

 

6.  If you see the following message:

Information received from: http://dotomaz.tumblr.com/post/786443743/firefox-4-0b1-and-ssl-renegotiation

You'll need to enable SSL renegotiation, do this by pointing your browser to about:config. After confirming that you know what you are doing, you need to start typing in:

security.ssl.allow_unrestricted_renego_everywhere__temporarily_available_pref

set it to true (by double clicking it). After this you should be able to access the site.

 

 

Would you like to use Thunderbird to check your AKO email and digitally sign?  Here's how

 

 

Public key enabling Firefox information

 

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