Firefox update tackles critical memory bugs
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Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox in response to the discovery of several security flaws in the browser software.
Version 3.0.7 of Firefox plugs five security vulnerabilities, three of which earn the dreaded "critical" label. Of these critical flaws a bug that means that Firefox crashes with evidence of memory corruption stands out as the most severe. Critical flaws in Mozilla's garbage collection process (involving memory management and "cloned XUL DOM elements") as well as bugs in the PNG library used by Mozilla also create a possible means for hackers to inject malware onto vulnerable systems.
The Firefox update also fixes a number of lesser security and stability bugs, as explained in Mozilla's release notes here. Malware exploiting the bugs is yet to be seen in circulation, but that's a poor reason to hold off upgrading. Those who have enabled Mozilla's automated update process should find that new software is installed within a day or so.
Mozilla's Thunderbird email client and SeaMonkey application suite share a similar code base to Firefox and therefore also need updating, to Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 and SeaMonkey 1.1.15, respectively.
The Firefox update was published on Thursday a day after Opera released a new version of its software, largely in response to the discovery of separate security flaws, making it a busy week on the alternative browser security front. ®
@ Silverwave (was, "Still using Firefox 2, myself")
>>>...That import/export stuff in FF3 doesn't seem to work well.
>Yeah the workaround is to: close FF > export to html(overwrite bookmarks.html) > clean up bookmarks.html
>rm bookmarkbackups > rm places.sqlite > restart ff (will auto import bookmarks.html).
...I'm a bit late returning to this thread, but, well, colour me impressed. Okay, with a genuinely helpful suggestion like this, I may indeed try installing FF3 again and giving it a shot. This is, at least, no more irritating than what I currently do anyway. I am still not convinced that the bookmark searching functions in FF3 are actually better, but at least this will take most of the edge off. Thanks!
@ Here we go again
I know that AC - his name is Jack and I believe his last name is A**.
>>Yes, some of the add ons are for the previous version; I can't remove these as FF won't let me. This is yet another issue, along with the memory and CPU hogging
Sounds like profile problems, try creating a clean one and re-adding extensions 1 at a time.
To transfer your information between profiles you need to copy these files: