Saturday, October 27, 2007

Mozilla Rushes to Release to Fix New Issues

Mozilla Corp. will rush another version of Firefox to users as early as next week, the company's user interface designer said Tuesday, to fix five bugs it introduced in last Wednesday's security update. Firefox patched ten vulnerabilities, including three critical flaws, but also shipped with five regression bugs -- problems unintentionally introduced when code was changed to plug other holes. "Most users won't see any difference or experience any problems," said Mike Beltzner of Mozilla in a posting to the company's development center blog. "We're working fast to understand and fix these problems, and will shortly be issuing a update to address them."

According to notes from a weekly Mozilla meeting on Firefox, the regression reports began accumulating over the weekend. Firefox was posted for download late Wednesday, Oct. 17. Three of the five problems were limited to Windows, but two page rendering issues affected all versions of the browser, including those for Mac OS X and Linux. The Windows-specific bugs included one that disables Firefox extensions after updating. The problem doesn't affect every copy of on Windows -- one user said it had hit just one of his four PCs -- and can be remedied by deleting a trio of files from the hard drive. Programmers are still working on a fix.