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Firefox updated again

July 15th 2005 in Uncategorized

Version 1.0.5 has been released which includes two critical and four highly sensitive security patches (plus six other patches).  Let’s hope THIS version doesn’t break something (remembering the XML debacle).


Details of the critical vulnerabilities are “embargoed“ until 20 July.


WARNING: Before installing 1.0.5 make sure that the target installation directory is EMPTY (ie uninstall old versions of Firefox if using the default installation directory).


Windows 2000 users with Media Player 9 may experience system crashes – get the latest version of Sun Java to resolve this problem – available here: http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp


Your system may hang if you try to view PDFs using an older version of Acrobat.  Update your copy of Acrobat Reader if you see this problem, available here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html


If you are using Windows 98 or Windows ME, your Firefox icon may display as a ‘Windows icon’.


Firefox 1.0.5 can be downloaded here:
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/


 


 


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This vulnerability (otherwise known as Bloodhound.Exploit.40) affects the Microsoft Java VM (which has been ‘out of circulation’ for quite a long time, but may still be on older operating systems).
 
Carefully read this article:
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