Vista stability also improved by critical browser update
Firefox users need to update their browser software following the release of updates designed to fix multiple security vulnerabilities.
There's also a flaw in the handling of XUL popups that means it might be possible to spoof the browser's location bar, a type of attack that phishing fraudsters would doubtless find useful.
As well as fixing various security bugs, Mozilla has introduced modifications with version 220.127.116.11 of its browser to enhance stability and improve support for Vista.
More background can be found via an advisory from the Mozilla Foundation here. ®
Just when we thought we could surf as Admin again
"Can't anyone make a browser that does not allow people to inject malicious code or take over your system?"
How about an entire operating system?
You could've caught Firefox bugs before the fact with limited accounts on Vista, XP or even 2K. Don't want to spend $250 on an OS upgrade? Spend $100 on an after-market copy of 2K on eBay, and ditch 98 already.
Use a VM as a web browsing sandbox
If you have to run a browser with all the latest plugins and ability automatically to handle all kinds of multimedia content and not risk this compromising your main system, you are probably best off running this inside a virtual machine sandbox and reverting the VM to its state before the session after visiting any untrusted website. You may want to keep your host system browser/s for regularly visited (presumably trusted) sites where you want to take advantage of remembered cookies and passwords etc, and another VM for websites you visit on a one-off basis and which you can revert.
For the very rare sites that don't work with either Firefox or Konqueror (which seems more capable but not as elegant as Firefox) I run a VM with IE using VMware and revert it immediately after the session.
Re: Firefox vs. IE
‘Frankly, IE7 has made great strides, and despite the difficulty in admitting that IE7 "aint all that bad" it has to be said.’
The only real deal-breaker with IE7 is that you have to "upgrade" to XP-SP2 or Vista to be able to use it. Sorry, but a €250 upgrade of an O/S just to be able to use more up-to-date bugware really isn't on the table. I'll keep FF on my W98SE system that I boot into maybe once a month.