The first new Mozilla Firefox point release of the year is now out
addressing a number of bug and security issues. Overall, Danish security
firm Secunia rates the aggregate of all the security issues “highly
When you dig down into the actual security issues, though,
there is only one that Mozilla, publicly at least, has labeled “critical.”
Also in the release are four moderately critical security issues that address cross-site scripting and systems-information exposure issues.
At least three security issues that Mozilla has rated as “low” are also
addressed in the update.
The new release also fixes six different crash conditions. One of the fixed
crash conditions trigged a crash in the browser when a user attempted to
print a text selection.
Memory leaks are also addressed in the new release with two different
leak conditions fixed.
All the bugs and security fixes addressed by the 188.8.131.52 release are also
reflected in Firefox’s SeaMonkey.
In March, Mozilla announced it would no longer officially release its namesake
Mozilla suite, which was developed under the code name “Seamonkey.”
Mozilla suite included both browser and e-mail components and was considered
by some to be bloated, hence the focus on the leaner code bases of Mozilla
Firefox for browsing and Mozilla Thunderbird for e-mail.
A group of non-Mozilla Foundation developers banded together to form the
SeaMonkey Council and this week released SeaMonkey 1.0.
This week also saw the first public beta of Microsoft’s challenger to
Mozilla’s innovation, IE 7 beta 2.