Mozilla Firefox 11 Ready to Go

Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 03:03 PM gHale

First Mozilla said it was postponing the release of Firefox 11 Tuesday, but then changed its mind, saying the browser upgrade would go out on schedule.

Johnathan Nightingale, senior director of Firefox engineering, first said Mozilla was delaying Firefox 11’s launch to examine a bug unveiled at last week’s Pwn2Own hacking contest and to give developers time to scrutinize Microsoft’s security updates, set to release Tuesday.

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One reason cited for the delay was a two-man team on the last day of Pwn2Own contest exploited a Firefox vulnerability to take the $30,000 second-place prize.

The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), which sponsored the Pwn2Own hacking contest that ran March 7-9 at the CanSecWest conference, just reported vulnerabilities used at the event to vendors.

Originally, Nightingale said the delay would be “a day or two.” Later on he said the update would go out as scheduled.

“The security bug reported by ZDI is one we had already identified and fixed through our internal processes,” Nightingale said. “This eliminates the need for us to delay this week’s releases, and we will be shipping them later (Tuesday).”

As for the Windows security updates, which Nightingale said had “interacted badly with our updates before,” Mozilla was taking a different tack.

“In order to understand the impacts of Microsoft’s ‘Patch Tuesday’ fixes, we will initially release Firefox for manual updates only,” Nightingale said today. “Once those impacts are understood, we’ll push automatic updates out to all of our users.”

Firefox 11 will include the usual security patches, as well as a few new features noticeable to users, such as synchronizing add-ons across all Firefox-equipped machines.

When Mozilla releases Firefox 11, it will be available for downloading from the company’s website.

To trigger the update, Windows users should select “Help” from the Firefox menu at the upper left of the browser window, then pick “About Firefox.” Meanwhile, Mac users must choose “About Firefox” from the Firefox menu.

Once Mozilla starts its automatic update process, those already running Firefox will get the upgrade through the browser’s maintenance mechanism.

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