[CentOS] Frefox update from firefox-60.2.0-1.el7.centos.x86_64 to 60.2.1-1.el7.centos.x86_64 lost master password

Fri Oct 12 13:24:03 UTC 2018
Phelps, Matthew <mphelps at cfa.harvard.edu>

On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 5:34 AM Rob Kampen <rkampen at kampensonline.com> wrote:

> Hi list,
> Did an update to firefox last night and rebooted over night.
> Today I find firefox started without asking for master password - funny
> me thinks.
> Try to log in to a web service I use and find that my password does not
> appear.
> Check preferences and find that no master password is set and the
> password list / table is empty.
> As I do not trust my passwords to the cloud I do not save these to my
> firefox profile ..... so back to manual entry for all my sites.... wow
> going to be a slow month as I reset scores of passwords.
> Any one else have this problem and any clues as to what causes this? I
> am concerned if this should happen again, as I have saved passwords for
> many scores of web services.
> Rob

We've run into this.

Is it fixed in the latest firefox, 60.2.2-1?

If not, it is not clear to me how to use the

export NSS_DEFAULT_DB_TYPE="sql"

method mentioned. Do we restore the old key3.db file, have the user set
that variable, then start the new firefox? With that create a key4.db file
and use it from then on?

Matt Phelps
System Administrator, Computation Facility
Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
mphelps at cfa.harvard.edu, http://www.cfa.harvard.edu