Disable ActiveX browser plugins in Internet Explorer #852

anonymous-piwik-user opened this Issue Jul 6, 2009 · 4 comments

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Hi there,

One of my visitors called and told me, that he is getting strange messages, when browsing my website. I couldn't make heads or tails of it, so i took a look at it myself.

It seems that the Real-Player triggers the Windows Vista UAC-message. I was not yet able to reproduce the error on my own machine, but it started exactly the moment we started using Piwik.

Disabling the Check for real player would be a fix for me, as I do not really care for this particular plugin.

This is a major annoyance, since he gets the window on every single page-view. I'd give it a priority "major", but then again, who has real player installed and uses vista and IE at the same time ;-)


Piwik isn't trying to exploit a plugin vulnerability, but unexplained/unexpected security alerts and/or launching of apps can spook visitors. This is undesirable even if impacts a small number of users.

The proposal is to disable ActiveX plugin detection on Internet Explorer. Maybe one day, Microsoft will populate window.navigator.mimeTypes[(or navigator.plugins) instead of leaving these properties empty.


An alternate proposal would be to disable ActiveX plugin detection by default, and provide a method to enable it.


Note: GA has a _setDetectFlash(bool) method.


(In [1312]) fixes #852 - disabled ActiveX plugin detection in IE

@anonymous-piwik-user anonymous-piwik-user added this to the Piwik 0.4.2 milestone Jul 8, 2014
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