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11-09-2005, 10:02 AM
Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 Released As First Bug Surfaces Sept. 9, 2005
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Mozilla Corp. has released the first official beta of Firefox 1.5, the next major update of the group's open source browser, with organization officials on Friday touting that the new application's faster and can more easily be updated. That may be tested sooner than Mozilla might have wanted, for also on Friday, a security researcher posted information and proof-of-concept code for a major vulnerability in most versions of Firefox, including the beta.

"Automatic updating will reduce the size of patches by 10 to 20 times," said Schroepfer. Previously, users had to download the entire browser to obtain fixes -- typically a 4-5MB file -- but in testing, Schroepfer said, Mozilla's been producing patches as small as "several hundred k."

Friday afternoon, Mozilla posted a small patch that disables support for international domain names, or IDNs (the buffer overflow at issue occurs in the code that normalizes IDNs). The Firefox and Mozilla patch, as well as details on how to manually disable IDN support as a workaround, are on the Mozilla site: http://www.mozilla.org/security/idn.html

11-09-2005, 10:56 AM

A bit late there.

11-09-2005, 02:40 PM
Missed it. :o