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Mozilla published a new version of its Firefox web browser on Tuesday that fixes five security vulnerabilities, two of which it rates as critical. Firefox version 3.0.2 fixes a memory corruption bug and a separate critical bug involving privilege escalation and the XPCnativeWrapper component of the browser. Both create …


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  1. Daniel Fiander


    .... now can they also stop Firefox 3 crashing every time I use it?

    Have been using firefox for years with no issues until this half baked release- now moved to Opera and more than happy.

  2. Colin Morris

    Breaks add-ons.

    Just tested this with a view to rolling it out to client computers at a future date.... seems to break an installation with the 'Wizz RSS lite' add-on! Basically Wizz RSS lite just will not run but there is no warning about it being incompatible.

    Can anyone else confirm this? Admittedly I've only tried it on one test computer.

  3. Alvar


    That the download link is broken

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Available to download???

    No it isn't - none of the Mozilla download pages are working at the moment.

    Why, oh why did they send out a message to Firefox 3 users to say "Firefox 3.0.2 is available for download"


  5. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Here we go again

    I am sick and tired of Firefox updates, I'm seriously considering going back to Internet Explorer.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Here we go again

    How can you be sick and tired of FF updates? It isn't as though they come out all that frequently - but at least they ARE released in a timely fashion to fix problems that COULD affect you as their user quite badly.

    You additionally have the choice to install it or not. IE still has updates, the difference being it may take over a month to get it bundled with your other updates (most of which require you to reboot your machine), and by which time several zero day exploits have already probably been created and deployed.

  7. Jeff

    This is just a preview, your comment hasn’t been submitted yet:

    At least firefox updates dont require a restart of your whole computer, because if there is a patch for IE, not only do you have to reboot your computer after installation, but if you dont, they will reboot it for you when your gone.

    After you click restart later, it keeps asking, and then eventually will reboot the computer on its own. Firefox over IE any day, except when i need to automate a script, then i use AUTOIT with the IE addins

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Here we go again

    ...because IE has fewer updates?

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    RE: Here we go again

    Tired of Firefox? Don't go back to IE!! That would be a deadly sin!! Try Opera or Safari or whatever, just DON'T DO IE!!!

  10. Geoff Mackenzie

    Nobody would really go back to IE

    I mean, Firefox isn't perfect, but it's a good all-rounder and I don't have any stability problems with it (FF3 on Hardy Heron and, on my work toaster, Win XP). I have to use IE at work and it's eye-wateringly slow by comparison (and that's running IE and FF side by side on the same machine, so it's pretty fair). Throw in nonexistent standard compliance, poor stability and insecurity and there's no way I'd go back to it.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Using Aieeee

    is its own punishment. It's like a Darwin Award for stupidity.

  12. Moss Icely Spaceport

    Hell No, I won't go...

    ...back to IE !!!

  13. Anonymous Coward

    Flicking Heck!

    What goes on with some of these people?

    Like, OMG, there's a single onscreen button to press to update FireFox to the latest version. Ow wow man, it's worse, far worse, there's TWO buttons, the other one says, like, 'Remind me later' or something.

    Click the button!

    Just do it!

    OK having done that you might sometimes need to wait a couple of days for all your extensions to catch up - and you might get another onscreen dialog then, saying your updated extension is ready and, OMFG, there ANOTHER button to press!

    Software gets updated, folks, get used to it. Firefox, IE, Windows, linux, Mac, anti-virus, firewall, it all gets updated. It's actually a GOOD THING, and you can schedule it to suit yourself - do you people never eat or sleep or even go to the loo? [Actually I don't want to know, just in case]. If that basic computing concept is far too disruptive to your life, go find the box your computer came in and send it back to the manufacturer, because you will never get any joy whilst this major disruptive force is in your life.

  14. ad47uk

    why the Fuss?

    If you don't like verion 3 or above, then stay with version 2. I am using 2..0.0.17 and it does what I want. I tried version 3 and did not like it.

    As for going back to IE, anyone who does that must be mad, far more more security problems than FF ever have.

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  16. Solomon Grundy

    Updates Do Not Fix El Reg or IE

    The updates don't stop FF from crashing on El Reg all the time. Too bad really.

    I think IE is a better browser that offers a better user experience for non-geeks who aren't into setting preferences and installing plug-ins. Plus it works with more sites that FF or any of the alternative browsers. For example IE doesn't crash every third time I click on an El Reg link.

    That being said, I use FF as my primary porn browser because it does give me the tools to prevent badness from getting onto my PC. However I'm prone to setting preferences and downloading plug-ins - which is quite rare considering the huge size of the computer using populace.

  17. rick buck
    Paris Hilton

    Friends Don't Let Friends IE.

    Go back to IE? Are you crazy?

    Why would you want a buggy, take over your system, un-secure, in-secure, ask lots of permissions, and reboot NOW, and screw your whole day up, reset your preferences, change your energy settings, and insert a WHOLE BUNCH of UNWANTED NON-USER FRIENDLY GIBBERISH CODE EXTENSIONS THAT EVEN A GEEK CAN'T UNDERSTAND browser, when you could have FireFox, a dependable, multi-featured, highly modifiable, SECURITY UP TO DATE BROWSER, that lets you have the power to choose the timing, and options YOU want, When you want, How you want, or not? Mozilla even explaines what the updates are in simple language, so all know what will be affected, and why!

    G O B A C K T O I E ?

    ARE YOU C R A Z I E ?

    Paris cries (she is really laughing inside) when someone is dumber the she is!

  18. mittfh


    IE 6 (installed at work) completely balls ups on Acid 2, and only scores 12/100 on Acid 3. IE8 only manages 21/100.

    FF3.0.2 (installed on my USB HDD) completely passes Acid 2, and scores 71/100 on Acid 3.

    Shiretoko (installed back at home) manages 84/100 on Acid 3.

    Chrome manages 71, Opera 74 and Safari 75.

    So practically anything's better than Internet Exploder. And if the site you're trying to visit will "only" display in Bill's Browser, send an email to the site admin telling them their site (a) isn't standards compliant, (b) isn't DDA compliant, and (c) can't be viewed by over 20% of the online community. If they refuse, threaten them with a visit from Simon, who will quickly show them an entirely new way of looking at their stairwells or lift shafts... :)

  19. Jon Kale

    re: ACIDity

    Well, that's just great: with IE I can site and look at a badly rendered ACID 3 page, while with FF3, Chrome, Opera or Safari you can sit and look at a slightly less badly rendered ACID3 page. Yay! for the intertubes, eh. Meanwhile, with the exception of CSS test suites and the odd Freetard trying to "stick it to t3h man", the rest of the web is built to work with IE6 and 7 because that's 85% of the browsers out there.

    And I assume that the people who are asking why a FF update's a PITA are managing single-machine sites (mom's basement, perchance?) 'cos managing large installations of Firefox is going to involve a lot of deskside visits, or some degree of skill in packaging it for pushing out through a large AD infrastructure.

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