Mozilla Fires Off Security Update for Firefox Browser

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-07-26 Print this article Print

Mozilla recommends that users install version v1.5.0.5 of the Firefox browser, which includes important security fixes.

Mozilla on July 26 started firing out notices to Firefox users recommending they install a newly released version of the browser, v1.5.0.5, which includes some essential security fixes.

The Mountain View, Calif., company began sending out notices in the early afternoon, notifying users via popup windows.
Chris Beard, vice president of products at Mozilla, told eWEEK that the updated version was released as part of Mozillas regularly scheduled security and stability update program.
"This release proactively addresses a range of security, performance and stability issues within the Firefox browser," Beard said. "Updates through Firefoxs automated update system will begin within the next 24 to 48 hours." The new v1.5.0.5 is not connected with Mozillas Firefox v2.0, which is in beta at the moment. Mozilla on July 12 released Firefox 2 Beta 1, a "developer preview" that features experimental anti-phishing and spell-checking tools, among other enhancements. A Mozilla spokesperson emphasized that Firefox 2 Beta 1 is a "developer preview release and is being made available for testing purposes only. Firefox 2 Beta 1 is intended for Web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox 1.x should not use [it]." Firefoxs new built-in phishing protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries and offers to return the user to their home page, the spokesperson said. Phishing protection is turned on by default and works by checking browser destinations against a local list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated within Beta 1 when the phishing protection feature is enabled, the spokesperson added. Firefox 2.0 beta is no slam-dunk. Click here to read more. In addition, a new built-in spell-checker function enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web text fields without having to use another application, the spokesperson said. Amsterdam-based Web analytics firm OneStat reported on July 14 that the combined usage of Firefox and Mozilla browsers—which is mostly Firefox—continues to climb and is now at the 13 percent mark worldwide, cutting further into the Internet Explorer-dominated market. The researcher also said that Firefox/Mozilla has reached nearly 16 percent penetration in the United States. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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