Firefox completely blocked with webcontentcontrol

Asked by kimhk on 2010-06-28

1. When I activate webcontentcontrol no websites work. I'm new to linux (like brand new) and don't know if there is something else I need to do to configure the program. Maybe allow firefox to access the internet? Please help.

2. Is there any way to set a password on the software that is different from the account / admin pw? Thanks.

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2010-07-03
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2011-06-19

I will look at your problem this week. I've seen this also myself on Lucid. This is a bug.

kimhk (kimhx) said : #2

I'm not sure what I did but it's now allowing me to access websites. I need help configuring this though. As I said I'm brand new to linux. It'll let me go to gmail but not to google docs and other benign sites. Not even google.com. Any thoughts? Thanks.

kimhk (kimhx) said : #3

This is the error message I get.

The connection was reset
The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.

    * The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few
          moments.

    * If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network
          connection.

    * If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure
          that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

KIAaze (zohn-joidberg) said : #4

1. v1.3.6 should fix this

2. Not yet.

Tom Schlodder (tom-schlodder) said : #5

Running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (not sure what the name of the build is)

I found that it was hit and miss with what websites would pass thru the filter ok and which ones wouldn't.

For instance, www.ubuntuforums.org would come up with a blank page but other sites (which I neglected to record) would show up just fine.

Tinkering, this is what I found:
DG, TinyProxy & Firehol are running + proxy enabled in Firefox = weirdness described above
DG, TinyProxy running only + proxy enabled = weirdness
DG, TinyProxy & Firehol running + proxy DISABLED in firefox = weirdness (which blows my mind)
DG, TinyProxy running only (no firehol) + proxy DISABLED in Firefox = all expected sites come up ok

I came across postings on ubuntuforums.org where people had success using DG 2.9 instead of 2.10. My attempts to uninstall DG2.10 and install 2.9 kept resulting in various setup issues and I eventually gave up.

Perhaps after looking for another filtering solution, I will come back to this again. For now, I thought I would just add my findings to this.

KIAaze (zohn-joidberg) said : #6

Yes, downgrading is normally the solution:
https://launchpad.net/webcontentcontrol/+announcement/4830

FireHol and the "firefox proxy" (by which I assume you mean the port
settings in firefox network preferences) both redirect the web traffic
through dansguardian, which is why you are seeing what you see.

Here's more info on how it works (WCC just uses tinyproxy instead of
squid as proxy):
http://dansguardian.org/?page=dgflow

By the way, now that I look at it again, the problem might also be
tinyproxy not returning the body after the header has been checked,
which would lead to an empty page! So changing the default proxy to
squid might fix everything! :)

If you install from source, you can configure WCC to use squid instead
of tinyproxy. cf question 10 here:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=5280340

I will have to test squid again and then maybe make it the default.
The reason tinyproxy was chosen initially is that it's lighter (and
there was a dansguardian GUI precursor using it).

2011/6/19 Tom Schlodder <email address hidden>:
> Question #115984 on WebContentControl changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/webcontentcontrol/+question/115984
>
> Tom Schlodder requested more information:
> Running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (not sure what the name of the build is)
>
> I found that it was hit and miss with what websites would pass thru the
> filter ok and which ones wouldn't.
>
> For instance, www.ubuntuforums.org would come up with a blank page but
> other sites (which I neglected to record) would show up just fine.
>
> Tinkering, this is what I found:
> DG, TinyProxy & Firehol are running + proxy enabled in Firefox = weirdness described above
> DG, TinyProxy running only + proxy enabled = weirdness
> DG, TinyProxy & Firehol running + proxy DISABLED in firefox = weirdness (which blows my mind)
> DG, TinyProxy running only (no firehol) + proxy DISABLED  in Firefox = all expected sites come up ok
>
> I came across postings on ubuntuforums.org where people had success
> using DG 2.9 instead of 2.10.  My attempts to uninstall DG2.10 and
> install 2.9 kept resulting in various setup issues and I eventually gave
> up.
>
> Perhaps after looking for another filtering solution, I will come back
> to this again.  For now, I thought I would just add my findings to this.
>
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