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07 June 2012, 12:27

SeaMonkey 2.10 released, closes security holes

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SeaMonkey logo Mozilla's SeaMonkey Project has announced the arrival of version 2.10 of its open source "all-in-one internet application suite". While considered to be a major update by its developers, the new release contains relatively few SeaMonkey-specific changes. By default, the domain name in the location bar is now highlighted, and the number of tabs to be restored at once can be configured under Preferences. Additionally, the authorisation dialog windows have been combined in order to show which server is prompting for access credentials.

Zoom Under Preferences, users can now pick how many tabs should be restored at a time
However, as the update is based on the Gecko platform, it includes a number of the same under-the-hood improvements and features as Firefox 13, such as default support for the SPDY protocol for quicker browsing on supported sites. Support for the column-fill CSS property and the CSS turn <angle> unit, as well as experimental support for ECMAScript 6 Map and Set objects are among the other changes carried over.

Like the recent Firefox and Thunderbird updates, the new version of SeaMonkey closes a total of seven security holes, four of which are rated as critical. These include a buffer overflow and use-after-free issues, as well as a privilege escalation problem in the Mozilla Updater and various memory safety hazards. High impact information disclosure and Content Security Policy inline-script bypass bugs and moderate parsing errors have also been fixed.

A full list of new features, as well as known issues, can be found in the change log and in the release notes. SeaMonkey 2.10 is available to download in 26 languages for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. On Windows, the minimum system requirements for SeaMonkey have changed. SeaMonkey now requires Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later; Windows 2000 is no longer supported.

As with Firefox and Thunderbird, the licensing on SeaMonkey 2.10 has changed. Now, rather than the old MPL 1.1 and disjunctive tri-licence, SeaMonkey source and binaries are released under the Mozilla Public Licence 2.0. For more information, users can consult the MPL 2.0 FAQ.

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