Firefox 4 downloads top 6 million in first 24 hours [video]

By on March 23, 2011 at 8:26 AM.

Firefox 4 downloads top 6 million in first 24 hours [video]

Mozilla announced on Tuesday that the final release version of its Firefox 4 Web browser was available for download. Within its first 24 hours of availability, the browser was downloaded over 6 million times. Microsoft’s latest browser release, Internet Explorer 9, was downloaded 2.35 million times in its first 24 hours of availability. Version 4 of the popular Firefox Web browser features a variety of enhancements including a redesigned UI, improved tab management and faster performance. Mozilla’s Firefox browser is the second most popular browser in the world according to market share tracker Net Applications. Firefox held a 21.74% global browser share in February, behind Internet Explorer’s 56.77% and ahead of No. 3 browser Chrome, which has grown to 10.93% in a very short period of time. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have seen their shares decrease over the past year, while Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari browser have gained popularity. Hit the break for a video highlighting Firefox 4’s new features. More →

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Apple’s Safari browser embarrassed at Pwn2Own, hacked in 5 seconds

By on March 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM.

Apple’s Safari browser embarrassed at Pwn2Own, hacked in 5 seconds

Safari just got served. At this year’s Pwn2Own conference, security firms and enthusiasts are doing their very best to discover and deploy exploits to some of the world’s most popular browsers. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari, they’re all on the menu for conference attendees and some have definitely faired better than others. Google issued a challenge, promising $20,000 to any person or team that could crack Chrome on the conferences opening day, but the two teams scheduled to take a swing backed down. Firefox is, for the time being, still standing, and, per usual, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was taken down without much fuss. But which browser faired the worst? That would be Apple’s Safari. A French security research firm named Vulpen managed to break into Safari running on a MacBook Air in a cool five seconds. The company noted that the Safari update issued by Apple yesterday — version 5.0.4 — fixes some of the vulnerabilities, but not all. The takedown of Safari 5.0.3 used exploits that are still available in the updated code base. Go ahead Apple detractors, have a little fun in the comments section. More →

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Mozilla patches 13 security holes in Firefox 3.5, 3.6

By on December 11, 2010 at 5:05 AM.

Mozilla patches 13 security holes in Firefox 3.5, 3.6

Earlier this week, the Mozilla organization released updated versions of its 3.5 and 3.6 Firefox Web browsers. The updated bits patched 13 vulnerabilities found in the code-base, and 11 of the aforementioned security issues were listed as “critical” by the company. The vulnerabilities ranged from buffer and integer overflows to SSL spoofing. If you’re using Firefox 3.5 or 3.6 be sure to click the “Check for Updates” link under the “Help” menu to grab the latest and greatest from Mozilla. More →

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Firefox 4 release date pushed to ‘early 2011′

By on October 29, 2010 at 6:05 AM.

Firefox 4 release date pushed to ‘early 2011′

If you’ve been awaiting the final, production, rubber-stamped version of Mozilla’s Firefox 4 web browser, you’re just going to have to keep on waiting. It looks like Mozilla and company have pushed the release date of their next generation browser to “early 2011.” Mike Beltnzer, Firefox’s VP of engineering, had this to say:

Development on Firefox 4 has not slowed down, and strong progress is being made daily. However, based on the delays in completing the “feature complete” Beta 7 milestone against which our add-on developers and third-party software developers can develop, as well as considering the amount of work remaining to prepare Firefox 4 for final release, we have revised our beta and release candidate schedule.

Of course you can still grab the FF4 beta from Mozilla — which is pretty stable — but we know some of you like the safety and security of an RTM browser. Anyone out there rocking Firefox Cuatro as their main browser? More →

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12-year-old discovers Firefox flaw, earns $3000 in the process

By on October 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM.

12-year-old discovers Firefox flaw, earns $3000 in the process

A few months ago, Mozilla threw down the gauntlet by asking developers to find major security flaws in Firefox in return for a $3000 reward. Enter, Alex Miller from San Jose, who spotted a critical security flaw hidden away in the Firefox code. Alex spent 90 minutes every day for 10 days before he stumbled onto something and reported it to Firefox’s parent company. Security program manager at Firefox, Brandon Sterne, said: “Mozilla depends on contributors like these for our very, sort of, survival. Mozilla is a community mostly of volunteers. We really encourage people to get involved in the community. You don’t have to be a brilliant 12-year-old to do that”. Pretty impressive stuff. Hit the read link for the full article.

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Firefox beta now available for Android and Maemo devices

By on October 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM.

Firefox beta now available for Android and Maemo devices

If for whatever reason you feel that the default browser loaded on your Android or Maemo device is not sufficient, you should know that you have options. Opera Mobile is available, the very capable Dolphin browser is available, and now — thanks to a recently released beta — Mozilla Firefox is available. The list of features include:

  • Pinch-to-zoom (Android), double-tap, or use the volume rocker (Nokia N900) to zoom in and out
  • Tabbed browsing in thumbnail view lets you easily see and open the site you want
  • Location-Aware Browsing gives you content and info relevant to your location
  • Find in Page in the Site Menu lets you quickly find text on the webpage
  • Share Page in the Site Menu lets you send content to email, Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader
  • Forget Password in the Site Menu tells a website you no longer trust to forget your private data
  • Add Search Engine in the Site Menu lets you quickly add a new search engine to your Awesome Screen
  • Context Menu lets you Open in New Tab and Share by long tapping and holding a link
  • Smart Tapping lets you tap on links, widgets and other Web content with accuracy
  • Password Manager lets you choose to remember site password to avoid typing

The beta will support the Nokia N900 and any Android device running OS version 2.0 or higher. Hit the read link to download Mozilla’s latest creation, and let us know what you think. More →

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Firefox 4 beta 3 is out

By on August 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM.

Firefox 4 beta 3 is out

If you like to be on the bleeding edge of browser releases you’ll be happy to know that Mozilla has released a third beta of its Firefox 4 browser. The update includes improvements to the JavaScript processing engine, built-in multitouch support for Windows 7, as well as a handful of bug fixes. Mozilla is due to release two more beta versions of Firefox, and a feature-freeze is scheduled for Monday, August 16th. You can grab the new version from here. Enjoy!
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At least 10% of those who report security flaws to Mozilla turn down bug bounty

By on August 7, 2010 at 10:02 AM.

At least 10% of those who report security flaws to Mozilla turn down bug bounty

In mid-July, Mozilla announced that it was upping its “bug bounty” from $500 to $3,000 for every critical, reproducible security flaw reported. Today, MacWorld is reporting that, “Between 10 percent and 15 percent of the serious security bugs reported since Mozilla launched its bug bounty program have been provided free of charge.” Mozilla spokesperson Johnathan Nightingale said: “A lot of people would say, ‘Don’t worry about it. Donate it to the EFF or just send me a T-shirt.” Now that is the open source type spirt that just warms the cockles of your heart, isn’t it? More →

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Mozilla Security Bug Bounty Program: $3,000 per eligible security bug

By on July 16, 2010 at 11:42 PM.

Mozilla Security Bug Bounty Program: $3,000 per eligible security bug

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Mozilla is upping the ante — literally — for those who find and report bugs in its Firefox, Firefox Mobile, and Thunderbird programs. Starting July 1, 2010 (yes, it is backdated), eligible security bugs that are confirmed by Mozilla will be paid out with a $3,000 bounty. A bug is eligible if it is critical, and a bug is considered critical when it is: original, remote, reproducible, and “allows execution of arbitrary code on users’ systems, while high severity security bugs allow access to users’ confidential information.” Lucas Adamski, Mozilla’s Director of Security Engineering, had this to say: “A lot has changed in the 6 years since the Mozilla program was announced, and we believe that one of the best ways to keep our users safe is to make it economically sustainable for security researchers to do the right thing when disclosing information.” More →

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Firefox Home now in App Store

By on July 16, 2010 at 7:32 AM.

Firefox Home now in App Store

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It looks like Apple has just green-lighted Mozilla’s latest application submission: Firefox Home. Home is a program designed to provide “access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone.” If you’re an iPhone toting Firefox user, who loves to stay in sync, hit up the App Store and let the good times roll. We’ve got the full press release for you after the break. More →

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Mozilla releases Firefox 4.0 beta 1

By on July 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM.

Mozilla releases Firefox 4.0 beta 1

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Yesterday, Mozilla released the first beta of its Firefox 4.0 web browser into the wild. Some of the updated features include: the Gecko 2.0 engine, tabs on top (Windows only for now), a new extensions manager, HD HTML5 WebM video format support, “crash protection,” and a new HTML5 engine. Hit the read link to view the release notes and download the very latest bits Mozilla has to offer. More →

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Firefox Home coming to iPhone, brining Awesome Bar with it

By on May 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM.

Firefox Home coming to iPhone, brining Awesome Bar with it

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Yesterday, the good folks over at Mozilla announced that they will be releasing an iPhone app, based on Firefox Sync technology, called Firefox Home. Home will give iPhone users “instant access to their Firefox browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs from their most recent browser session.” Home will also bring the Awesome Bar to the iPhone, enabling “people to get to their favorite web sites with minimal typing.” Synchronization between Mozilla’s servers and your iPhone will be encrypted from end-to-end, and the application will be free of charge. The Mozilla team said the application should be available soon — don’t muck things up with an App Store rejection Apple! We’ve go the, very short, teaser video all ready for you after the break. More →

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Firefox 4: fast, powerful, empowering

By on May 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM.

Firefox 4: fast, powerful, empowering

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Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox for the Mozilla Corporation, gave a slide show presentation to the Mozilla community detailing what may be in Firefox 4. We say “may” as most of Beltzner’s slides included the following disclaimer:

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The presentation focused on three key themes: speed, power, and control. Speed and power are easy to understand; the Mozilla team wants to have the strongest possible code base, leveraging the latest and greatest web standards and technologies. The “control” piece appears to be where Firefox 4 will get most of its UI sexification and usability refinements. Potential  improvements include: enhancements to the Awesome Bar, a revamped extensions manager, site-specific preferences, and a tighter navigation/tab experience. Beta builds of Firefox 4 should start rolling out in June or July, with a final release candidate scheduled for October. We’ve got the slide presentation queued up for you after the break. Firefox users, let us know what you think! More →

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