http – Why am I suddenly getting a Blocked loading mixed active content issue in Firefox?

http – Why am I suddenly getting a Blocked loading mixed active content issue in Firefox?

I found this blog post which cleared up a few things. To quote the most relevant bit:

Mixed Active Content is now blocked by default in Firefox 23!

What is Mixed Content?
When a user visits a page served over HTTP, their connection is open for eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. When a user visits a page served over HTTPS, their connection with the web server is authenticated and encrypted with SSL and hence safeguarded from eavesdroppers and MITM attacks.

However, if an HTTPS page includes HTTP content, the HTTP portion can be read or modified by attackers, even though the main page is served over HTTPS. When an HTTPS page has HTTP content, we call that content “mixed”. The webpage that the user is visiting is only partially encrypted, since some of the content is retrieved unencrypted over HTTP. The Mixed Content Blocker blocks certain HTTP requests on HTTPS pages.

The resolution, in my case, was to simply ensure the jquery includes were as follows (note the removal of the protocol):

<link rel=stylesheet href=//code.jquery.com/ui/1.8.10/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css type=text/css>
<script type=text/javascript src=//ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/jquery.ui/1.8.10/jquery-ui.min.js></script>

Note that the temporary fix is to click on the shield icon in the top-left corner of the address bar and select Disable Protection on This Page, although this is not recommended for obvious reasons.

UPDATE: This link from the Firefox (Mozilla) support pages is also useful in explaining what constitutes mixed content and, as given in the above paragraph, does actually provide details of how to display the page regardless:

Most websites will continue to work normally without any action on your part.

If you need to allow the mixed content to be displayed, you can do that easily:

Click the shield icon Mixed Content Shield in the address bar and choose Disable Protection on This Page from the dropdown menu.

The icon in the address bar will change to an orange warning triangle Warning Identity Icon to remind you that insecure content is being displayed.

To revert the previous action (re-block mixed content), just reload the page.

It means youre calling http from https. You can use src=//url.to/script.js in your script tag and it will auto-detect.

Alternately you can use use https in your src even if you will be publishing it to a http page. This will avoid the potential issue mentioned in the comments.

http – Why am I suddenly getting a Blocked loading mixed active content issue in Firefox?

In absence of a white-list feature you have to make the all or nothing Choice. You can disable mixed content blocking completely.


The Nothing Choice

You will need to permanently disable mixed content blocking for the current active profile.

In the Awesome Bar, type about:config. If this is your first time you will get the This might void your warranty! message.

Yes you will be careful. Yes you promise!

Find security.mixed_content.block_active_content. Set its value to false.


The All Choice

iDevelApps answer is awesome.

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