Another eye catching headline there!
We have a couple of clients who use Sonicwall SRA appliances for remote access to internal resources.
The bookmarks that were setup to gain access to file shares stopped working.
On some PCs we were seeing a blank page.
On others it was pretty clear where the problem lay.
The java plugin wasn’t playing nicely.
Switching to the HTML version worked fine though. The java version is more feature rich at the moment so ideally we wanted to know why.
We also realised this was specific to Chrome. Internet Explorer and Firefox were fine.
That was when the penny dropped as to what the cause was here.
Google have dropped support for browser plugins.
They announced this back in September 2013 and as of Chrome version 42 NPAPI plugins are disabled by default. Java and Silverlight are two of the biggest plugins this will impact
You override the behaviour.
browse to chrome://flags/
Look for the NPAPI options and click the enable option
You’ll need to restart Chrome after doing so
That will get you around the immediate problem if you want to keep using Chrome.
It’s worth knowing that Chrome 45 will do away with NPAPI plugins altogether.
Full details are here
Going forward Sonicwall will either have to improve the HTML version, or they’ll drop support for Chrome.
Seeing as Microsoft’s new browser (Spartan) doesn’t support Active-X controls (not directly, it uses an IE11 engine for compatibility) Sonicwall will have to make some changes to their setup.
Probably worth noting that Chrome still supports PPAPI plugins. There doesn’t appear to be any effort on the part of Oracle to create a PPAPI Java plugin any point soon. Will be interesting to see what happens if/when all the major browsers drop NPAPI plugins!
* Thanks Dekay *