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Mozilla bypasses Windows UAC for silent updates in Firefox 12

Also improves built-in developer tools
Tue Apr 24 2012, 14:42

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla will bypass Windows' user account control (UAC) to implement silent updating in its Firefox 12 web browser.

Mozilla's Firefox 12 is expected to be released today. Since Mozilla put Firefox on its rapid release schedule, it has put out new versions of the web browser every six weeks, leading some users to complain about the number of releases.

Mozilla has planned to integrate silent updates, similar to the way Google's Chrome web browser downloads updates in the background, meaning users are more likely to run the latest version of the software. Mozilla claims that even though Firefox 12 will bypass Windows UAC through white-listing the application, system security will not affected.

By giving Firefox system update privileges Mozilla could make the web browser a bigger target for hackers. Mozilla has been working on avoiding the UAC pop-up by installing a Windows Firefox Service, while other possible options could have been to move the installation folder out of the parent Program Files folder.

Mozilla said there will be more than 85 improvements to the Firefox built-in developer tools. The outfit has also fixed WebGL performance issues on Mac OS X.

Mozilla is expected to release Firefox 12 later today. µ


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