Privacy concerns over popular ShowIP Firefox add-on

Cross-posted from SophosLabs: A popular Firefox add-on appears to have started leaking private information about every website that users visit to a third-party server, including sensitive data which could identify individuals or reduce their security. Naked Security reader Rob Sanders alerted us to the activities of the recently updated ShowIP add-on for the Firefox browser. According to the description on the Mozilla add-ons website, ShowIP is designed to “show the IP address(es) of the current page in the status bar....

May 1, 2012 · 3 min · 444 words

Mozilla to auto-upgrade Firefox 3.6 users to version 12

H-Online: Soon, users running Firefox 3.6.x will start being automatically upgraded to the current version 12.0 release of the open source web browser. The plan to auto-update these users has been being discussed since the end of March, when Mozilla Release Manager Alex Keybl proposed the move on a Mozilla planning discussion thread. According to Keybl, Firefox 3.6.x users with updates enabled should start being upgraded in early May – the specific date has yet to be confirmed....

April 30, 2012 · 2 min · 278 words

Get ready for exciting changes coming to Firefox 13, 14 and 15

Cross-posted from BetaNews: Following on from the release of Firefox 12 FINAL, Mozilla has updated its developmental branches to versions 13 (Beta), 14 (Aurora) and 15 (Nightly/UX), respectively. Those looking for major changes in version 12 will may be disappointed, but future builds promise a number of radical new features, including redesigned Home and New Tab pages, plus panel downloads manager and inline preferences screen. Get a head’s up on what’s coming and discover which build is best for your personal needs with our essential guide to what’s coming up in the near future for Mozilla’s open-source, cross-platform browser....

April 26, 2012 · 7 min · 1290 words

Firefox and Thunderbird 12 are out, Download now!

Mozilla has released new final versions of Firefox 12 and Thunderbird 12, its open source browser and email messaging tools. Neither update, despite the new version number, contains much in the way of exciting new features, but developments on future builds suggest version 13 could be a landmark release for both. Firefox 12 introduces one notable change for Windows users — the advent of silent updates with no User Account Control dialog getting in the way, while Thunderbird 12’s headline new feature is the ability to view message extracts in global search results....

April 23, 2012 · 2 min · 418 words

Firefox switching to encrypted Google search

The H-Online: An inconspicuous “s” added to various ​lines of code in its latest nightly builds means that future versions of Firefox will send all search queries to Google in encrypted form. This means that instead of HTTP, the open source browser will use the HTTPS protocol, which encrypts traffic between the web site and browser using SSL. The nightly builds will feed through, over the next few months, until the feature is, most probably, in Firefox 14....

March 22, 2012 · 2 min · 246 words

Firefox 11 release postponed due to security issues [Updated]

H-Online: The Firefox team has announced that they are postponing the release of Firefox 11, originally planned for today, because of a security report which the team wants to evaluate to make sure the issue will not impact on their code. Jonathan Nightingale, Mozilla’s Senior Director of Firefox Engineering, also Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday security update, also scheduled for today, as a reason to hold back on releasing the new Firefox version....

March 13, 2012 · 2 min · 314 words

Firefox and Thunderbird updates to 10.0.2, Vulnerability in libpng

The H-Online: The Mozilla Project has released updates to Firefox and Thunderbird. According to the release notes, the version 10.0.2 updates to the open source web browser and the news and email client address a security vulnerability; however, at the time of writing, the project’s security pages provide no details of what has been fixed; these releases came soon after a Chrome update which closed 13 security holes and took the version number to 17....

February 17, 2012 · 2 min · 219 words

Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 17, Firefox 10, Internet Explorer 9, and Opera 11.61

LifeHacker: Chrome 17 is out with a new pre-rendering feature designed to make your pages load faster, and both Firefox and Opera have also released speedy new versions since our last round of speed tests. So, we’ve once again pitted the four most popular web browsers against each other in a battle of startup times, tab loading times, and more, with more surprising results. Continue Reading: http://lifehacker.com/5884941/browser-speed-tests-chrome-17-firefox-10-internet-explorer-9-and-opera-1161 (Hint: As always Chrome is winner, no doubt!...

February 14, 2012 · 1 min · 75 words

Mozilla closes critical security hole in Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey

The H-Online: Mozilla has released Firefox 10.0.1, Firefox ESR 10.0.1, Thunderbird 10.0.1, Thunderbird ESR 10.0.1 and SeaMonkey 2.7.1 to fix a single critical security hole in the browsers and mail clients which appeared in version 10. The security advisory says that versions previous to Firefox 10, Thunderbird 10 and SeaMonkey 2.7 are unaffected by the use after free problem. The problem was discovered by Mozilla developers and causes a “potentially exploitable” crash in nsXBLDocumentInfo::ReadPrototypeBindings....

February 13, 2012 · 1 min · 152 words

Mozilla Firefox 10.0.1 Update About To Be Released

gHacks: Mozilla, developers of the popular Firefox web browser, have just released an update for the browser’s stable branch that moves the version to 10.0.1. The release may come as a surprise to users of Firefox 10, who were updated to that version only ten days ago. This is not the first occurrence that a critical update is released shortly after a major version upgrade of the web browser. Similar updates had to be delivered after the release of Firefox 9 and Firefox 8....

February 10, 2012 · 2 min · 308 words