Firefox Update Mends 8 Security Flaws
Mozilla has issued an new version of its Firefox Web browser to fix multiple security holes, at least one of which appears fairly serious. The new release updates version 1.5; if you're using this version (check and see by selecting "Help" from the top menu, and then "About Mozilla Firefox"), you should grab the latest version from here.
Update, 5:03 p.m. ET:This patch bundle is the first to show off the new updating mechanism built into Firefox 1.5. A short time after firing up Firefox on my laptop, I received a prominent notice in the middle of my screen that a new version of Firefox was available. This is a big improvement over the way older versions of Firefox notified users of available updates -- a tiny red arrow in the upper right section of the browser window that was way too easy to overlook or ignore.
As one reader already noted, if you are using Firefox 1.5, you don't need to re-install the browser to get this update. You can also get the update by clicking on "Help" from the Firefox pull-down menu and then clicking on "Check for Updates."
The new notification method also allows you to see firsthand whether any Firefox extensions you have installed might break after updating. My notification said the update would break two of my extensions. My guess is it will take just a day or two for the third party developers who manage these extensions to release updates that allow them to work with Firefox 18.104.22.168.
February 2, 2006; 10:56 AM ET
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