Firefox 2.0.0.12 improves security, stability

A new version of Mozilla’s flagship web browser has become available for download. Mozilla says Firefox 2.0.0.12 introduces several security and stability fixes, which are all listed here. The list includes fixes for three critical security holes related to the browser history, privilege escalation, and crashing with memory corruption. There’s also a fix for one "high-impact" security flaw affecting some browser add-ons, as well as fixes for three "moderate" holes and three low-impact issues.

Firefox 2.0.0.12 can be nabbed for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux from Mozilla’s Get Firefox page. Users who already have a previous version of the browser installed can also go in the browser’s "Help" menu and select "Check for updates…" to run the integrated software update tool.

In other Firefox-related news, a third beta release of Firefox 3 is scheduled to come out early next week. Mozilla says to expect Beta 3 to show up on February 12 in the evening, Pacific time. Obviously that beta will still be preliminary, but Mozilla says a release candidate is already in the works, so the complete version of Firefox 3.0 should be out before too long.

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    • emi25
    • 12 years ago

    [offtopic]
    I like to see some assembly language entuziasts talking about performance and memory usage. I know this is a huge project, but, MSDOS was one, and somebody coded all functions in assembly (procesor language), if I remember correctly, is called PT-DOS, §[< http://www.sol20.org/ptdos.html<]§ maybe I am wrong, and this is not the original developed software. only the time will tell, how to write a good browser. [/offtopic] I know, my english is bad. Think this: google have some projects in mind, and call everybody to code. A picture browser project, is now used in some sites I vizit.

      • just brew it!
      • 12 years ago

      Coding a modern web browser in assembly language would be a near-impossible task. The thing you’ve got to understand is, MS-DOS was a very simple OS with extremely limited functionality. A web browser like FF is easily 10x as complex as MS-DOS (probably more).

      Assembly coding also tends to be very error-prone. I suspect you’d end up with a lot of security holes (assuming you ever even got it finished).

      Yes, it would probably take up a small fraction of the memory, and run a lot more efficiently. But memory is cheap, and the limiting factor on browser speed is generally the Internet connection, not the speed of the browser itself.

    • cygnus1
    • 12 years ago

    oops…………

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    I just noticed that on a user’s computer this morning. Time to upgrade mine.

    • JJCDAD
    • 12 years ago

    Anyone else having trouble with Yahoo! Mail with this new version of Firefox (2.0.0.12)? It was working fine yesterday, and works fine in IE7. Today I can’t delete, move, or mark as spam using FF.

      • -999-
      • 12 years ago

      Yahoo works fine here

        • MBIlover
        • 12 years ago

        Same here.

    • donkeycrock
    • 12 years ago

    im using firefox 3.0 beta 2 right now. It is really nice. has some nice features to it and would recommend people using it.

      • MBIlover
      • 12 years ago

      Any highlights for you in the new features category?

        • cygnus1
        • 12 years ago

        the searching URL bar is nice. also the database driven bookmarks and download history are great. the option to save a session when you exit is pretty smooth too.

        • BenBasson
        • 12 years ago

        There’s a star in the location bar that you can click to instantly bookmark the site you’re viewing without any other interaction.

        This might sound a bit weird at first, but you can go back and rename it / move it to a folder later if you want… or just recall it using the location bar search feature and basic keywords. Basically it’s bookmarking for people who don’t normally use bookmarks and Google search instead.

          • Meadows
          • 12 years ago

          How reminiscent of IE7.

            • BenBasson
            • 12 years ago

            Not really – you click the star and that’s it, bookmark created. The bookmark isn’t visible in the bookmark menu though, you access it via searching in the location bar or by going to the organiser and moving it somewhere.

            In IE7, you click the star, click “add”, and then input a bookmark name in traditional fashion.

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