Firefox 3.6.2 released, plugs critical security hole

By Matthew
Mar 23, 2010
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  1. Mozilla released a patch last night plugging a critical hole in Firefox that could let an attacker crash a person's browser, and even run arbitrary code on their system. The organization recommends that all Firefox users update to the latest release, version 3.6.2. Users of Firefox 3.6 should receive an update notification within 24 to 48 hours, but the patch can be applied manually via "Check for Updates" under the Help menu.

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  2. elroacho72

    elroacho72 Newcomer, in training Posts: 124

    Wow over a hundred bugs... does that seem like alot?
  3. Not if you live in Florida.
  4. GACrabill

    GACrabill Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Not to start a flame war .... but Internet Explorer probably hasn't had over 100 fixes in the last 3 years.

    Where are all the IE bashers?
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,051   +84 Staff Member

    Just to clarify, are you suggesting that IE is superior to Firefox for requiring less bug fixes, or that Mozilla's patches are more thorough than Microsoft's?
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,036   +91

    I'm still waiting for hardware acceleration and separate processes for plugins. I was wondering when a new update for FF will appear. It's been quite a while since 3.6 came out and i though they where working too much on 3.7 or 4.0 to have time for 3.6 fixes. Glad i was wrong.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    IE has had a massive multitude of bugs, but most people outside the Microsoft fold don't know about the majority of them. Mozilla has a very open and transparent development and bug fix process in place, so every little flaw is right out there for all to see. They also are in a perpetual virtual beta cycle with FireFox, relying on the community for feedback and bug catching. Whereas Microsoft does all of their coding and fixing internally, behind closed doors, and we generally only hear about the big bad security issue bugs, not the little tweaks and quirks that also get patched with the big issues. It's all about perception and the information process.

    As for this big patch for FF, I'll be switching to the 3.6 platform when more of the extensions get updated to actually run on it. I did the pre-update check, and half of the ones I use don't yet work in 3.6, so I'll just wait patiently :)
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    Haha, joke's on me... They switched from 3.6 being an optional upgrade to automatic with this patch, so now I'm on 3.6.2 whether I like it or not... Don't you just love it when they do that?!?!
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 961   +84

    I have to hand it to Firefox... Of all the update processes out there, Firefox's process is the least annoying. So they fixed some bugs, that's alright. But they patched them without annoying me, and that's great.
  10. Thompson

    Thompson Newcomer, in training Posts: 65

    I ncapable
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    But seriously, over 100 bug fixes, that's.... a LOT, that's a good sign and a bad sign.
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