Firefox update fixes four critical flaws
Laggard 2.x users urged to upgrade
Users of Firefox need to update their browser software again following the publication of patches by Mozilla on Wednesday.
Both supported versions of Firefox need patching but the 2.x version of the popular open source browser is most in need of a retool. Firefox 188.8.131.52 addresses 11 security vulnerabilities, six of which are classified as critical. Meanwhile, on the other track, Firefox 3.0.4 lances nine security vulnerabilities, four of which are critical.
The critical flaws in Firefox 3.x cover a vulnerability in the session restore feature that could allow cross-site scripting attacks and a separate memory corruption flaw as well as code injection risks involving the nsFrameManager and http-index-format parser of the browser. Mozilla's advisory explains the bugs in greater depth here.
Firefox 3.0.4 also fixes a slew of stability and performance glitches.
Mozilla's developers urge those left behind on the Firefox 2.x release to upgrade to Firefox 3.x, warning that it will stop issuing stability and security patches for the older release next month.
The SeaMonkey internet application suite evolved from the same code base as Mozilla's Application Suite and needs patching against the same 11 flaws as Firefox 2.x. Seamonkey, a community-driven project separate from Mozilla since, advises users to upgrade to Seamonkey 1.1.13. ®
Are you people quite mad?
... you can use the FF3 Address Bar the same way as you always did, by typing in the first part of the address you want to go to until enough has been typed to narrow it down so that the URL you want is showing in the dropdown, then pick it from the list. As you're typing, other URLs may be shown in the list but they're likely to be related to the one you're typing. Even if they're not, plough on and your result will soon appear. What's the problem?
In addition, the address bar will help you find addresses where the part of the URL you can remember is not at the beginning, or where you can only remember part of the page title, but you don't have to worry your little heads about this.
You people probably don't like predictive texting either, do you? What a reason to abandon a browser: "They added extra functionality! Waaaah!"
"I'm sick of all these updates and seriously considering going back to Internet Explorer"
1) would you rather security problems weren't addressed?
2) there are updates to IE pretty much every patch Tuesday
If you're going back to IE may I recommend IE 3.0 which is no longer supported, so you'll be safe from those nasty security patches.
Here we go again
I'm sick of all these updates and seriously considering going back to Internet Explorer.