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Mozilla Still Perplexed as to Why Firefox Takes So Much RAM

Anyone who uses Mozilla Firefox in a Windows environment knows that Firefox can use a lot of memory. Now that Mozilla is getting a lot of requests to make a mobile version, they are working very hard to make a version that won't eat all of the mobile phone's memory. Christopher Blizzard, a member of Mozilla's development board, had this to say about Firefox's alleged memory issues.
As Mozilla starts down the path to running in the mobile space we are spending time looking at memory pressure issues more closely. . . (I)t sounds like the early data suggests that Mozilla really doesn't leak that much memory at all. But it does thrash the allocator pretty hard and that's what causes the perception of memory leaks.
Source: CRN

Firefox Released

An update to Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser has been released, taking the version number to A number of bugs identified in the build of the software have been corrected, as listed below:
  • Bug 400406 - Firefox will ignore the “clear” CSS property when used beneath a box that is using the “float” property.
  • Bug 400467 - Windows Vista users will get “Java not found” or “Java not working” errors when trying to load Java applets after updating.
  • Bug 396695 - Add-ons are disabled after updating.
  • Bug 400421 - Removing a single area element from an image map will cause the entire map to disappear.
  • Bug 400735 - Some Windows users may experience crashes at startup. There is no workaround available at this time.
You may be notified of the update automatically, but if not you can either download it from here or click on Check for Updates... from the Help menu.Source: Mozilla

Mozilla Firefox Coming to Mobile Devices in 2008

Mozilla is planning to create a mobile version of the popular web browser Firefox for phone manufacturers sometime in 2008. The mobile version will be able to run extensions and experience tabbed Internet browsing similar to the traditional desktop features users have now. It still remains unknown which mobile devices will feature Firefox in the future, but details will hopefully arise as the software gets closer to launch date.Source: DailyTech

Mozilla Firefox Tops 400 Million Downloads

Less than two years after it crossed the 100 million mark, total downloads of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser have now passed 400 million, although the number does not represent total installations. Since the release of Firefox 2 last October, the browser has continued to take market share from IE. Mozilla is now working on version 3 of Firefox, which is currently in its alpha stages of development. According to the company, Firefox usage in Slovenia is nearing 50 percent market share, which would put it over Internet Explorer for the first time anywhere in the world.Source: BetaNews

PC Mechanic Gets Sneak Peak at Firefox 3

Things are looking good for Mozilla's Firefox, which is the most popular competitor to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The latest version of the in-development Firefox 3 is Alpha 7, codenamed "Gran Paradiso". While it is still far from an official release, Firefox 3 already shows much promise, and boasts a long list of very powerful features. Highlights from the Alpha 7:
  • A new bookmarking interface, which adds the ability to tag your favorites.
  • Malware detection, with the help of Google
  • Detection of micro-formats.
  • Private Browsing mode, which allows users to surf the web with anonymity.
  • Support for running internet applications in off-line mode.
Feel free to read the entire sneak peak at PC Mechanic.Source: Nordic Hardware

IE7 - Firefox Url Handling Bug Caused By Windows

An exploitable bug in Mozilla Firefox discovered earlier this month was first believed to have been caused by Internet Explorer 7 but soon after that Mozilla was forced to admit that it was Firefox that could trigger the bug as well. Today however that bug has apparently been traced back to a Windows API function. However Mozilla seems to have fixed the bug in their latest Firefox version.Source: BetaNews

Mozilla Firefox Final Released

Mozilla has just released the latest version of their popular Firefox browser. Main reason for this update is the fix for the IE7 / Firefox exploit revealed early this month and which Mozilla failed to fix in the previous version of the Firefox browser.

Release Notes
Fixed in Firefox
MFSA 2007-27 Unescaped URIs passed to external programs
MFSA 2007-26 Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about :blank windows
DownloadSource: Mozilla

Mozilla Admits Firefox Exploit Caused By Firefox

Mozilla Admits Firefox Exploit Caused By IE

Almost three weeks ago Mozilla developers issued a statement indicating that the whole Firefox-Internet Explorer exploit was caused by Internet Explorer which could trick Firefox into executing arbitrary JavaScript code. This morning, Mozilla security chief Window Snyder had to issue a retraction stating Firefox could just as easily trick Firefox into doing the same thing.

Mozilla Firefox Released

Mozilla just released the latest version of their oustanding internet browser. More specifically in version Mozilla has corrected the following bugs.
  • XPCNativeWrapper pollution
  • Unauthorized access to wyciwyg:// documents
  • Remote code execution by launching Firefox from Internet Explorer
  • File type confusion due to %00 in name
  • Privilege escallation using an event handler attached to an element not in the document
  • Frame spoofing while window is loading
  • XSS using addEventListener and setTimeout
  • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption
DownloadSource: Mozilla

Firefox released

Mozilla has updated the popular Firefox browser to version, with the main changes being security fixes, improved support for Windows Vista and new languages (Afrikaans and Belarusian). The full release notes can be viewed here and if Firefox does not automatically update you can manually download the new version either by clicking on the “Help” menu and choosing “Check for Updates” or by visiting the Mozilla download page. Firefox is available for Windows, Mac OS X and most versions of Linux – check here for a full list of downloads. Don’t forget that add-ons and themes may require compatibility updates for this new version of Firefox.

New Windows Media Player Plugin for Firefox

Anyone who uses Windows Vista and Mozilla Firefox may be pleased to hear that the Windows Media Player team has now released a plugin for Firefox that should allow the browser to play WMP content on websites. Here are the steps to get it working:
  • Installation of the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin may require administrative access to your PC. It is recommended that you close all other open browser windows before continuing with the installation.
  • Click the Install button to automatically download and install the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin.
  • Depending on your security settings, you may see a Security Warning dialog box. Click Install to install the plugin.
There is a known issue if you are using Firefox version on Windows Vista with the installer failing with error code -203. To work around this simply restart Firefox (you will get a notification that Windows Vista will be changing the Firefox compatibility settings) and then install again - the second time should succeed.

The download is available here, and the new plugin works on all versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista (although it is mostly intended for Vista, as that currently has no WMP support in Firefox).Source: Windows Vista Blog

Vista and Firefox Gaining Market Share; OS X and Internet Explorer Lose Market Share

Despite all the whining over Windows Vista, the next version of Windows, it seems like Windows Vista is doing pretty well for itself. Figuratively speaking, of course. Windows Vista now accounts for 2.04% of all operating systems installed. This is more than double last month's figure, which was .93%. In direct contrast, despite all the pro-Macintosh advertisements and Macintosh "fanboys", Mac OS X has lost .3% of it's market share, and now accounts for 6.08% of all operating systems installed.

In related news, Mozilla Firefox is gaining market momentum. 15.1% of all internet users access it through Mozilla Firefox, while Internet Explorer users account for 78.6% of all internet users. Apple Safari usage dropped to around 4.51%Source: Nordic Hardware

Firefox Update to Released

Mozilla has issued another minor update to its Firefox 2.0 web browser. New for Firefox is a single security fix that patches up a hole in the browser’s FTP PASV functionality. Also new in are fixes to improve Web site compatibility. Firefox users can download the updater from Mozilla's homepage or use the auto update function within the browser.Source: Mozilla

New Firefox Vulnerability Exposed

A serious new flaw in Mozilla’s browser, Firefox, has been discovered which could allow malicious sites to exploit a system using the browser with JavaScript enabled. Mozilla’s error tracking system classes the vulnerability as critical, and attackers could potentially access your system using a specially crafted HTML file and then run malware remotely. The recommendation from Mozilla is to disable JavaScript in Firefox until a fix is released, but another good idea may be to install the NoScript add-on which will allow you to control which sites can use Java and Flash. This flaw is present on all versions of Firefox, including the new update, and is yet another illustration that Firefox is not immune to security exploits.Source:

Firefox Released

Mozilla has officially released an update for Firefox 2.0 taking it up to version Although this is only a minor update, it fixes a couple of security issues (yes, IE isn’t the only imperfect browser) and you can update Firefox quite easily by clicking on “Help” and then choosing “Check for Updates”. Here are the changes:
  • Security Update: The following list of security issues have been fixed.
  • Windows Vista Support: Many enhancements and fixes for Windows Vista are included along with the following caveats.
  • New Languages: Beta releases for several new languages are now available for testing.
  • Permissions Bug Fixed: In the German (de) locale on Windows and Linux, resolved a problem with certain files tagged as read-only.
Source: Mozilla

Mozilla Firefox use down, Apple Safari use up in internet browser war

Mozilla Firefox appears to have lost some momentum. In January, 13.7 percent of all internet users browsed using Firefox, down from 14% in December. In contrast, Apple's Safari is gaining market usage. In January, 4.7% of all browser users used Safari, up from 4.2% in December. This is most likely due to more people using Mac OS X, which could be caused by all sorts of things (creative advertising, Core 2 Duo based iMacs, etc). Microsoft's Internet Explorer still accounts for 79.8% of all internet browser use.Source: Nordic Hardware

Firefox 3.0 planned for the second half of 2007

Firefox 2.0 is still relatively new, but Mozilla is keen to continue its rapid growth in the internet browsing industry with the next version of its popular browser set for Q3/Q4 of 2007. Considering consumers are used to having the same browser for a number of years, with Internet Explorer 6 being around for 5 years, this could be a surprise to many just three months after 2.0 was launched. Mozilla claims that although Firefox 3.0 will contain as many as 50 new features along with security and bug fixes, the next browser will be more of an update for Firefox 2.0, with version 4.0 (set for a 2008 release) intended to be the true next generation of Firefox.Source: TG Daily

Firefox and Safari use continues to grow

More people are continuing to move away from Internet Explorer as their primary browser, opting for other alternatives such as Firefox. IE started the year with 85.31% of the market, falling to 79.64% during the year. Apple’s Safari managed to grow from 3% to 4.24%, but Mozilla was the biggest winner with Firefox usage growing from 9.5% to 14%. Admittedly Firefox is the only cross-platform browser, which could account for some of its success, with IE being Windows-only and Safari being Mac-only. Internet Explorer is clearly still the dominant browser, but this shows a continuing downwards trend that first became apparent during 2005.Source: TechNewsWorld

Firefox earns $52.9 million

Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer’s closest rival, made the company $52.9 million in 2005 according to Mozilla president Mitchell Baker. Most of this money came from search engines such as Google, with Mozilla receiving money for all the traffic that the browser’s built-in search tools direct to their sites, but small profits were also made from the merchandise sold via the Mozilla store. Mozilla is likely to invest much of this money back into the company, which will hopefully continue its growth and allow it to improve current software and create new applications.Source: The Inquirer

Firefox released

This is only a minor update, but recommended nonetheless. You can get this update by clicking “Help” and then “Check for Updates”, or alternatively if this doesn’t work, visit the Mozilla site and re-download Firefox. Some browsers may be set to automatically download anyway. The following issues have been fixed in this release:
  • XSS using outer window's Function object
  • RSS Feed-preview referrer leak
  • Mozilla SVG Processing Remote Code Execution
  • XSS by setting img.src to javascript: URI
  • LiveConnect crash finalizing JS objects
  • Privilege escallation using watch point
  • CSS cursor image buffer overflow (Windows only)
  • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:
Source: Mozilla

Firefox use passes 23 percent in Europe

Mozilla Firefox has continued its rapid growth this year, with 23.2% of European web surfers opting to use the browser, according to research by French Firm Xiti Monitor. Slovenia leads the way with 40% of users choosing to use Firefox, whilst it has the lowest proportion of fans in Spain where only 13.7% use it. Germany is relatively high with 33% whilst Britain is still below average with 15.8%. Apparently Firefox is used more at the weekends, suggesting that businesses probably stick to Internet Explorer whilst home users prefer Firefox. In April only 19.4% of Europeans were using Mozilla’s browser.Source: The Inquirer
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