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Mozilla releases Firefox 3.5.4 and 3.0.15 updates


Minor updates, Firefox 3.6 on the horizon

The Mozilla team
just released two new security updates for its popular web browser, Firefox 3.5.4 and Firefox 3.0.15. The updates are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users and fix several security issues as well as stability issues.

The updates cover a total spectrum of 16 security vulnerabilities, six of which are rated as critical. Specifically, the new update for Firefox 3.5.4 fixes crashes with evidence pointing to memory corruption, a heap buffer overflow in string-to-number conversion, a heap buffer overflow in GIF color map parsers, crashes with recursive web-worker calls, and upgrades media libraries to fix memory safety bugs among other things.

Keep in mind that these are just minor updates as Firefox 3.6 makes its official debut before the end of the year. Mike Beltzner, Mozilla’s director of Firefox, told browser developers in a mailing list discussion that he likes to think of Firefox 3.5.4 as “a minor release to quickly migrate our user base to Firefox 3.6.” He have examples of 3.5.3 to 3.5.4 as being “minor releases” which presumes that the 3.6 release will provide more than the normal security updates and bug fixes.

"Firefox 3.6 will be primarily a release with security, stability, speed and capability enhancements, with no visible user interface changes over Firefox 3.5. As such, I think we should consider it as a candidate for a minor update, stretching our definition of what types of updates we can provide using that mechanism," Beltzner said. "The pace of technology development in web browsers is speeding up rapidly, and we now face a challenge of ensuring that we can continue to deliver modern web browsing experiences to our users.”

In the meantime, Firefox 3.5.4 can be downloaded here.
Last modified on 28 October 2009
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