SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released Firefox 11 despite a security issue being reported at the last minute that threatened to derail its release plans.
Mozilla's second Firefox release of 2012 was almost delayed by a last minute security report. Firefox 11 for desktop will feature a number of developer updates including a WebGL visualisation tool to highlight page structure and a style editor to allow for work on stylesheets in a text-editor like environment.
As for Mozilla's last minute hiccup, Jonathan Nightingale said, "The security bug reported by ZDI is one we had already identified and fixed through our internal processes. This eliminates the need for us to delay this week's releases, and we will be shipping them later today. However, in order to understand the impacts of Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday" fixes, we will initially release Firefox for manual updates only. Once those impacts are understood, we'll push automatic updates out to all of our users."
Mozilla has also added Add-on synchronisation allowing Firefox installations across desktops to have the same set of plug-ins among them. There's also now the ability to import cookies, history and bookmarks from Google's Chrome.
Mozilla's Firefox 11 is the latest in the organisation's rapid-release schedule. While the firm shoots out releases every six weeks, its smartphone browsers are simply not making enough of a dent in pre-installed browsers on Apple's IOS and Google's Android.
Although Mozilla's Firefox 11 may seem like a relatively minor update on the surface, it is recommended that users update to the latest version if they can. µ
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