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16 September 2010, 10:39

Mozilla releases Firefox stability updates

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Firefox Logo The Mozilla Project has issued stability updates for the latest stable and legacy branch of its open source Firefox web browser. According to the developers, Firefox 3.5.13 and 3.6.10 each address a bug (3.5.13,3.6.10) that caused the browser to crash during start-up for "a limited number of users" across all three platforms – Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

The updates come just one day after Mozilla reportedly turned off update notifications for some users running older versions of the software due to the stability problem. The 3.6.9 and 3.5.12 updates from last week addressed a total of 15 security vulnerabilities, with 10 of them rated as critical by the developers. The 3.6.10 update also fixes an issue related to the Personas blocklist. Personas are lightweight "skins" for the web browser that change the look of Firefox by changing the header and footer areas, while leaving the navigation buttons and menus alone.

Although Mozilla has still been releasing security updates for the 3.5.x branch of Firefox, according to the project's site, security and stability updates were to end in August of 2010. The developers strongly encourage all users to upgrade to the latest 3.6.x branch.

More details about the updates can be found in the 3.6.10 and 3.5.13 release notes. Firefox 3.5.13 and 3.6.10 are available to download from the project's site. Alternatively, existing Firefox users can upgrade to the new version, either by waiting for the automated update notification or by manually selecting "Check for updates" from the Help Menu.

Firefox binaries are released under the Mozilla Firefox End-User Software License Agreement and the source code is released under disjunctive tri-licensing that includes the Mozilla Public Licence, GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1.

Update: Mozilla has also released an update to its SeaMonkey "all-in-one internet application suite", version 2.0.8. The update addresses the same crashing bug noted above and now once again allows for font faces in HTML signatures.

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