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Mozilla announced Firefox 3 Beta 5 today, intended for developer testing and community feedback. Beta 5 includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.
- Improvements to the user interface based on user feedback, including changes to the look and feel on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X and Linux.
- Changes and fixes for new features such as the location bar autocomplete, bookmark backup and restore, full page zoom, and others, based on feedback from our community.
- Fixes and improvements to platform features to improve security, web compatabilty and stability.
Although Firefox 3 is still in research and development, Mozilla is already working on new features for the fourth version of its increasingly popular Web browser. Webware spoke with Mozilla vice president Chris Beard, who mentioned two specific new concepts for Firefox 4 that will evolve the online experience and add greater integration with content stored on computer hard drives. One of the new features is called "Prism," a next-gen software technology that would allow users to run Web-based content offline. For example, users would be able to visit websites and still access non-dynamic content even when they don't have an active Internet connection. The other big feature already unveiled for Firefox 4 is called "Weave." This is an option that would basically create a set of online preferences and settings that is stored for each user instead of each computer. In other words, users would be able to bring up their bookmarks, font settings and privacy preferences no matter which computer they use. This feature is set to be in its first stages in Firefox 3, but Firefox 4 will reportedly allow users to access these profiles on other browsers as well. Beard told Webware that these are just a hint of some of the "crazy ideas" the development team is working on for the next-next-gen browser.Source: TG Daily, Webware
Mozilla has released a new minor update for its popular Firefox browser, bringing the version number to 220.127.116.11. Six security issues have been fixed in this release, and if Firefox hasn’t already prompted you to update it’s recommended you click on “Check for Updates...” from the application’s Help menu. Alternatively, you can download the update from this website.Source: Mozilla
Mozilla has released the 4th public beta version of Firefox 3. Here are a few of the updates packed into Firefox 3 beta 4:
DOWNLOADSource: Download Squad, Mozilla
- Full page zoom - Up until now, Firefox would let you make text larger or smaller, but there was no way to increase or decrease the size of all the content on a web site (something you've been able to do with Opera for years). Now you can choose whether the zoom feature works for text or full pages.
- New download manager - The new download manager shows active time remaining, and the status of downloads. You can also search your downloads and see the site where your downloaded files are from.
- Improved OS integration - Firefox 3 beta 4 includes specific icons and themes for Windows Vista, OS X, and Linux (using the native GTK theme).
- Improved memory usage
DOWNLOADSource: Download Squad, Mozilla
Mozilla Corporation today announced Thunderbird 18.104.22.168 for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from here. Due to the security fixes, this update is strongly recommend to all Thunderbird users. If you already have Thunderbird 2.0.0.x, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting "Check for Updates…" from the Help menu. For a list of changes and more information, please review the Thunderbird 22.214.171.124 Release Notes.Source: Mozilla
Mozilla's Firefox internet browser has gained another stage, reaching Beta 3 phase. This is the eleventh developer milestone focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3. Please note that this donwload is not recommend to anyone other than developers and testers. Although Firefox 3 Beta 3 is now widely available in more than 30 languages, it is intended for testing purposes only. Proceed here to download the desired Firefox 3 Beta 3.Source: Mozilla
Just a few hours after Mozilla promised the public they were safe from hackers while using Firefox 126.96.36.199, a hacker went and found a way around the patch. The hacker, named Ronald van den Heetkamp, has this to say to the Firefox developer team.
Don't patch vulnerabilities for fifty percent, take the time and fix the cause. Because directory traversal through plugins is all nice and such, we don't need it. We can trick Firefox itself in traversing directories back. I found another information leak that is very serious because we are able to read out all preferences set in Firefox, or just open or include about every file stored in the Mozilla program files directory, and this without any mandatory settings or plugins.Ronald van den Heetkamp recommends installing the NoScript add-on, or simply using an alternative browser, until Mozilla fixes this bug.Source: Neowin.net
As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 188.8.131.52 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download here. This update is strongly recommended for all Firefox users. For a list of changes and more information, please review the Firefox 184.108.40.206 Release Notes.Source: Mozilla
It would appear that running any of 600 add-ons in Mozilla Firefox opens up a terrible hole. When exploited, this hole allows a hacker to steal "session information, including session cookies and session history". Mozilla promises a fix by February 5th, with the release of Firefox version 220.127.116.11. While Mozilla classifies this threat as a "high risk", there is some controversy in the hacker world as to how bad this threat really is. According to a hacker, via "hiredhacker.com", this isn't as big a problem as people have made it out to be. However, it is certainly more serious than "leaking a few variables", and should definitely be patched as soon as possible.Source: Neowin.net
Mozilla Corporation today appointed its current chief operating officer John Lilly as CEO, effective immediately. Concurrent with the appointment of Lilly, Mozilla also announced that Mitchell Baker, Mozilla's current CEO, would continue as Chairman and a full-time executive of the corporation. "John Lilly is the right person to guide the maturation of Mozilla," said Mitchell Baker, Chairman of Mozilla Corporation. "John has been instrumental in developing an organization that is both embedded in Mozilla and open-source DNA and that can function at the extremely high degree of effectiveness that our setting requires." As CEO, John will focus on the product, technology and execution of the Mozilla Corporation. Mitchell will focus on bringing Mozilla goals and mindshare to affect change in related aspects of Internet development, such as standards and interoperability, treatment of data, and use of market mechanisms to support public benefit organizations.Source: Reuters
Mozilla, developer of the popular Firefox web browser, have launched a new related service, Weave. Currently available only as a test version associated with the latest Firefox 3 beta, it should allow users to carry history and bookmarks from one computer to another, as well as share the information with select friends and family; users need only to create a Weave account and download the add-on. To prevent the natural threat of privacy invasion, Weave accounts are password-protected, and encrypted. Weave will run on Windows and Linux systems as well as Macs.Source: Electronista, Mozilla labs
After releasing the 18.104.22.168 update for its Firefox browser on Tuesday this week, Mozilla has quickly issued another update to take Firefox to version 22.214.171.124. The latest update fixes a stability problem that was found in the 126.96.36.199 release, and it is recommended that all Firefox users update to this patch to prevent any potential problems. The release notes are available here, and the patch can be downloaded either using the Help menu in Firefox or by visiting Mozilla’s download page.
Firefox 188.8.131.52 is now available for download. This version patches three security holes in the world's second most-popular browser. The first bug is a cross-site scripting flaw in the jar: URI scheme, which may allow an attacker to steal private information (a proof of concept has been published demonstrating how the contacts of logged-in Gmail users can be stolen). Firefox 184.108.40.206 also fixes three stability bugs, which could be exploited to corrupt memory and potentially execute arbitrary code. The final issue relates to a race condition when setting the window.location property, which could be used to spoof a HTTP Referer header. The release can be downloaded from the Mozilla Firefox product page. More information about the new version can be found in the Firefox 220.127.116.11 release notes.Source: Mozilla
Mozilla plans to release a bug fix for its Firefox browser next week, repairing a long-standing security flaw in the software. The 18.104.22.168 update is in testing right now and should be released to the public next week, following the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. "We are giving it a couple of days to make sure that there are no issues found and we'll release it after Thanksgiving," said Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering. The issue that is to be fixed was first reported last February by Jesse Ruderman, but it gained widespread attention earlier this month when researcher Petko Petkov pointed out on his blog that the flaw could be used to launch a cross-site scripting attack against the Firefox browser. The flaw has to do with the fact that Firefox does not properly check files that are compressed using the .jar (Java Archive) format. Attackers could sneak malicious code into the Jar-compressed documents, which would then be run by the victim. Mozilla also published today the first beta of Firefox 3.Source: InfoWorld
The Mozilla Corporation yesterday released Firefox 3 Beta 1, which is now available for download in a variety of languages. The beta includes updates to the default theme, the new places site management features, improved security architecture, and Gecko 1.9. Release notes with a more complete list of features, are also available.Source: Mozilla
Mozilla Corp. will fix just 20% of the bugs now in Firefox 3.0 before the final version is released next year, the open-source developer's Web site revealed Wednesday. As Mozilla pushes to post Beta 1 of Firefox 3.0 in time, it has asked developers to prioritize already-identified bugs so that the most important can be fixed. That means 80% of the approximately 700 bugs currently marked as "blockers" will not be fixed for Firefox 3. Firefox 3.0 is months behind the schedule Mozilla set about midyear, when it said the browser would reach Beta 1 in late July and move into a second beta in September, both preceding a final release by the end of the year.Source: New York Times
An update to Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser has been released, taking the version number to 22.214.171.124. A number of bugs identified in the 126.96.36.199 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.
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
While Mozilla's Firefox continues to make massive marketshare gains and is arguably the best web browser currently the Thunderbird email client hasn't received the same love and attention. Thus the future of the software has come up for debate by Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker in his latest blog post in which he admits
We have concluded that we should find a new, separate organizational setting for Thunderbird one that allows the Thunderbird community to determine its own destiny.
Mozilla just released the latest version of their oustanding internet browser. More specifically in version 188.8.131.52 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
Mozilla has updated the popular Firefox browser to version 184.108.40.206, 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 220.127.116.11 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.
Mozilla Thunderbird 2 is now available for download on Windows, Mac and Linux in over 35 languages. Thunderbird 2 offers easy ways to manage and organize your email with message tags, advanced folder views, message history navigation, find as you type, and improved new mail alert notifications. Thunderbird 2 also includes a refreshed user interface and support for Microsoft Vista. Download it from here.Source: Mozilla