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You've got to love hacker conferences. Software vulnerabilities are never going away, that much is obvious, but it's with competitions at hacker conferences where we can really see just how vulnerable the software we use every single day is. Putting this into perspective, prior to the Pwn2Own conference in Canada, Google patched-up ten bugs in Chrome - six of which were considered severe. Despite that, Chrome was hit with a zero-day during the conference that granted code execution in the browser's sandbox renderer process. Chrome is hardly the only guilty party, however. Equally-severe... Read more...
Is the world really ready for another mobile OS? Palm tried with webOS and eventually caved, and items like Bada and MeeGo haven't had much success, either. But Firefox OS, which saw its big start at Mobile World Congress, seems to have incredible ambitions. Sony and Telefónica announced that they were evaluating the Firefox operating system for mobile phones, and now they're putting their money where their mouths are. Already, Sony is releasing an experimental version of the Firefox OS software for Xperia E, giving curious developers the ability to test out the new OS on some pretty choice... Read more...
Privacy advocates owe a debt of gratitude to Jonathan Mayer, a grad student at Standford who developed a patch for Firefox that, by default, blocks third-party cookies from installing on their browser, thereby protecting users from being tracked by advertisers. Mozilla plans to bake the patch into Firefox 22, which scheduled for release in late June (the current version is Firefox 19). To get the most out of the patch, and Firefox 22, users are encouraged to clear out all existing cookies when upgrading. The patch doesn't make any special provisions for pre-existing cookies, though it will block... Read more...
The verdict might still be out on whether or not the masses dig the Modern UI of Windows 8, but that hasn't stopped some developers from putting major weight behind their efforts to support it. Take Mozilla, for example, which has no intention of not given its users the option. If there's one thing that sucks, it's not having your favorite browser accessible on your platform of choice. Firefox is available pretty-well everywhere else - heck, it's even getting its own phone - so why not add Windows 8 to the collection? The best part of this news is that it's not just something that'll come... Read more...
In the earlier days of the Web, our browsers were simple. If one crashed, it was likely due more to poor programming than whatever content you were viewing. The opposite can be said today, where many websites have the potential to crash any number of plugins you've got equipped - especially true for the weightiest ones, such as Flash, Silverlight and Java. Browser instability caused by such plugins has become a major focus of Mozilla that the company has decided to take the risky move of making users click to activate one whenever one is needed in its Firefox browser. Picture, for example,... Read more...
Mozilla's upcoming phone OS, Firefox OS, has seemingly matured a lot these past six months, and with today's announcement of developer phones soon to be available, its final release can't be too far off. Developed by Geeksphone, the "Keon" and "Peak" models are designed to allow developers to dive head-first into getting their apps ready for the platform - with Mozilla itself focusing heavily on HTML-based ones. The Keon model features a Snapdragon S1 SoC at 1GHz, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 3 megapixel camera (back), a 4GB ROM and 512MB of RAM, microSD, light and proximity sensor, a g-sensor and... Read more...
Right on the heels of the Firefox 18 update, which patched a disconcerting 21 security flaws, a new Firefox update has been released. The new patch focuses on resolving glitches and makes Firefox 18 stable. Version 18.0.1 should update automatically, but if it doesn’t, snag it here.   Some known issues remain after the 18.0.1 patch, but version 19 will clear up several of them. The most important fix applies to a HTTP Proxy Transactions problem, which could hinder or stop browsing in a worst-case scenario. Two other big fixes are only for Firefox on Apple systems. The Unity... Read more...
Someone fire up the theme song from Austin Powers, Mozilla found its mojo on the desktop -- oh, behave! Mozilla made the claim in a blog post reflecting on 2012 and all the advancements it's been able to make to its Firefox browser. "We streamlined and we upgraded. Our performance and memory teams didn't incredible work," Mozilla said. "The Firefox of today is significantly better than the Firefox of a year ago in every way, and we're seeing that recognized in our formal feedback channels, and in comments from strangers when the see a Firefox t-shirt." Memory management has traditionally been one... Read more...
When Mozilla dropped the latest version of its Firefox browser for Android on November 19th, it just seemed like any other update. If you're like me and have a couple of apps every single day wanting updates, it really doesn't leave much time to look into what's new with every one of them. Apparently Mozilla realizes this, because despite the most recent version of the browser having been available for nearly two weeks, the developer has only just the other day decided to draw attention to a new feature through a blog post. As the title of this post suggests, those using Firefox on Android 4.0+... Read more...
Thanks in part to the lack of stability and plugin support, Mozilla's Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg has requested that developers stop building 64-bit versions of Firefox. If the idea of a 64-bit Firefox sounds strange, it's likely because it's not something Mozilla ever promoted. Instead, it was left up to the user to seek out a specific build on the FTP, which most of course never do. In all regards, the 64-bit version of Firefox was considered a tester's build. To some, it seemed inevitable that Mozilla would officially release a 64-bit version at some point, but with this latest event,... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and once again, Internet Explorer is the browser to beat, in terms of market share. IE closed out October with a majority share of 54.13 percent, well ahead of Firefox at 19.99 percent and Chrome at 18.55 percent, but a closer look at the numbers reveals some interesting trends. For one, IE increased its install base for the second consecutive month, and is up by exactly 1.5 percentage points compared to October 2011. So not only is IE still on top, but it's managed to climb higher since a year ago. That's bad news for Firefox, which dropped below 20 percent for the... Read more...
A new research report on Valve's Steam has highlighted how the program can be used to launch malicious code attacks, thanks to flaws in how browser commands are passed between Steam and browsers like Chrome, IE, Opera, and Firefox. First, it's important to understand that Steam itself isn't the (S)ource of the vulnerability. As Figure 1 illustrates, the attack vector presupposes that a machine has already been compromised in some fashion. The relevant vulnerabilities all revolve around the Steam browser and how Steam:// commands are treated by the third-party browsers they interact with. Browsers... Read more...
Now that Mozilla has addressed the security flaw in Firefox 16 that prompted the developer to pull the build offline (it's now back online and ready for download), the focus has shifted to Firefox 17, which you can already snag via the beta channel. One of the things that's different with Firefox 17 is that it introduces preliminary support for its "Social API," which is a set of social features that will eventually lend itself to social networking integration right within the browser window. "Much like the OpenSearch standard, the Social API enables developers to integrate social services into... Read more...
One of the downsides to Mozilla's rapid release schedule for Firefox is that new updates are at risk of being rushed to the public before they're ready for prime time. We're not sure if that's what happened here, but we do know that Mozilla yanked Firefox 16 from the web just a few hours after posting the download link, and it was because of a security issue. "The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters," Mozilla explained on its security blog. "At this time we have no indication that this... Read more...
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