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Welcome to the Secure Browser 6.5 Project

The SmarterApp Secure Browser 6.5 project builds upon the Mozilla Firefox source code and creates a secure browser that is used to deliver student assessments. The Secure Browser implements security features such as not permitting multiple tabs, browsing arbitrary URLs and enforcing a white list of applications.


This project is licensed under the Mozilla open source license v.2.0. The Linux 6.5 Secure Browser is based on the Mozilla Firefox source (FIREFOX_10_0_12esr_RELEASE).

Getting Involved

We would be happy to receive feedback on its capabilities, problems, or future enhancements:

  • For general questions or discussions, please use the Forum.
  • Use the Issues link to file bugs or enhancement requests.
  • Feel free to Fork this project and develop your changes!


This version of the Secure Browser is available for the Linux platform. Each build follows a similar process, as described below. From a high-level perspective, building a custom secure browser involves:

  • Cloning this SecureBrowser project
  • Applying a few customizations such as the target URL
  • Running the automated build script

Build Process

On any CentOS 5.3 - 5.11 machine:

1. Install basic required packages

  • yum update
  • yum install gcc make zip unzip sshpass autoconf213 pkgconfig automake alsa-lib alsa-lib-devel curl openssl-devel openssl wget libXt libXt-devel wireless-tools-devel mesa-libGL mesa-libGL-devel ncurses-devel zlib-devel python-setuptools python-devel gtk2-* gtk2-devel curl-devel -y

2. Install Mercurial

sudo easy_install Mercurial

3. Install yasm

  • wget
  • tar -xvzf yasm-1.1.0.tar.gz
  • cd yasm-1.1.0
  • ./configure
  • make
  • make install

4. Install libIDL main and devel:

  • wget
  • rpm -ivh libIDL-0.8.7-1.fc6.i386.rpm
  • wget
  • rpm -ivh libIDL-devel-0.8.7-1.fc6.i386.rpm

5. Install dev tools:

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

6. Install libnotify:

yum install libnotify* -y

7. Create a user and password

  • switch to that user
  • clone the Secure Browser 6.5 repo (e.g. hg clone

8. Generate a v4 GUID

Get a v4 GUID and place into /src/branding/SBACSecureBrowser/uuid.txt (only for a single custom build, not for every version)

9. Add target URL

Obtain the URL of the TDS Student home page for the browser, uuencode it, and insert into /src/branding/SBACSecureBrowser/pref/kiosk-branding.js as defined within the file. The current default build will point the browser to

10. Execute the Build

From within the env/ directory, run /bin/bash