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Firefox 3.0.9 Released: Ups Security, Fixes Bugs

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To be fair, this isn't the most exciting release of Firefox we've ever witnessed...

Still for the security conscious you'll be pleased to know Mozilla has now launched Firefox 3.0.9 and it closes 12 vulnerabilities and provides some welcome nip and tuck.

"Mozilla developers identified and fixed several stability bugs in the browser engine used in Firefox and other Mozilla-based products," said the company's Foundation Security Advisory. " Some of these crashes showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances and we presume that with enough effort at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code. "

On top of this Mozilla issued the following details:

  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Many users experienced an issue where a corrupt local database caused Firefox to "lose" its stored cookies
  • Fixed an issue where, starting with Firefox 3.0.7, inline image attachments on popular webmail services (like AOL and AIM) would not display
  • Large forms would sometimes take a long time to submit.
  • In certain cases, new windows would not have proper focus
Update notices should be coming through to Firefox 3.0.x users as we speak and the update is available to download from the main site now.

In related news the far more exciting (and renumbered) Firefox 3.5 is expected to see a new (and possibly final) beta build either late this week or early next. Expected changes include further performance gains and the ability to bypass Flash for basic audio and video content. I've been running beta 3 for a number of weeks now and I have to admit: things are shaping up nicely.

Link:
Firefox 3 Release Notes

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