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Windows 7: Mozilla 'temporarily' pulls Firefox 16 to address security flaw

12 Oct 2012   #11

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LOL.

I dunno why people are having a go at Mozillla.

There are bugs/flaws in every piece of software - especially windows - that's why there are so many windows updates.

Mozilla fixed it as fast as they could.

Well done for that Mozilla.


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12 Oct 2012   #12
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I want to be able to drag my 270 Bookmarks into 7F posts again intact and maintaining the names I have given them, not converting them to a URL where I cannot manipulate the name. This changed in v.13 causing me to have to stick with v.12.

I filed a bug report and could not communicate to them exactly what the problem is. They were either being obstreperous or dense. Either way they didn't seem to care. It is a specialized usage. It is also the only browser that can do this.
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12 Oct 2012   #13

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Maybe it's because ...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I dunno why people are having a go at Mozillla.
Maybe it's because:
  • They should have tested it before releasing it (see below).
  • It seems the release schedule is more important, than "dotting the i's and crossing the t's".
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There are bugs/flaws in every piece of software - especially windows - that's why there are so many windows updates.

Mozilla fixed it as fast as they could.
An Internet Browser should be simpler than an OS.

It must have been something simple, because the patch came out quickly (just like the previous times I alluded to earlier).
IMO, this indicates that they didn't test it properly.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I want to be able to drag my 270 Bookmarks into 7F posts again intact and maintaining the names I have given them, not converting them to a URL where I cannot manipulate the name. This changed in v.13 causing me to have to stick with v.12.
The Bookmark Manager needs to be totally overhauled (the Session Manager too).

I have ~18,000 bookmarks divided amongst my 7 FF profiles.
Keeping them organised is a nightmare.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I filed a bug report and could not communicate to them exactly what the problem is. They were either being obstreperous or dense. Either way they didn't seem to care. It is a specialized usage. It is also the only browser that can do this.
When I was using the Alpha versions (last year) the feedback site would only accept my comments if they were praise (complaints wouldn't post).

They obviously don't want to receive bug reports.
Every time I try to report an issue (the last time was a css issue with FF13) the site demands that I sign up to some Google service.

I refuse to sign up to Google services.
I'm sure that Google already has an extensive dossier on me.

Still Mozilla has me "over a barrel" as I don't like IE and I won't use Chrome.
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12 Oct 2012   #14
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Their Sync does work good for moving between my PC's as new bookmarks and URL, search and other history is already loaded when I open it on another machine I've sync'd.

Ironically I've forgotten which of 9-10 devices I set up the original Sync upon so wonder if it ever goes bye whether my whole Sync empire collapses.

Are the profiles you're referring to tied to your OS User account, or can you set them up in the browser itself?
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12 Oct 2012   #15

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FF Profiles - profiles.ini

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are the profiles you're referring to tied to your OS User account, or can you set them up in the browser itself?
I meant FF Profiles.
The "profiles.ini" file tells FF where to look for the FF profile(s).

Firefox - Create and Run Multiple Profiles
I should have included instructions on how to move your profiles to a new location.

All you have to do is:
  • Copy your profile(s) to the new location
  • Edit "profiles.ini" so that it points to the new location
  • Delete the old Profiles after you are sure the new ones are working
I have my FF Profiles set up on my Documents partition.
I used to point XP and Windows 7 to that location and I could use the same profiles in both operating systems.

Firefox was a bit crash happy in my XP install, which meant that I would lose my sessions (I always leave 20+ tabs open).
I stopped pointing my XP FF install at them as a result.

Even though I reinstalled my operating systems last month, FF still crashes the 1st time I start it in an XP Session.
It runs correctly on subsequent starts.

Depending on your add-ons you should be able to point a Linux OS at them too.
Some add-ons only work in Windows and some only work in Linux.
If you don't use any add-ons, it should work with no problems (I haven't tried it though).

Obviously if an add-on points uses a path it won't work in both operating systems.
It might be possible to write a script to convert paths based on the OS you are using.

I only have limited scripting skills though.

With experimentation it should be possible to determine, which add-ons are safe for both operating systems.
For example, I wouldn't be surprised if NoScript worked without problems.
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12 Oct 2012   #16
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I'm trying to figure out if I need another profile.
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12 Oct 2012   #17

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Multiple FF Profiles can be handy

You do have to update the add-ons in each profile separately though (if you're not using auto-updating).

I created mine because FF seemed to struggle to start, with the all of my bookmarks in the same profile.
Managing all of my bookmarks was problematic too.
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13 Oct 2012   #18

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Exploit Code Released Targeting Firefox 16 Vulnerability

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It’s been an interesting couple of days for Firefox users. First Mozilla released version 16 of the popular browser on Wednesday, then quickly pulled it back yesterday after a serious security vulnerability was found in the new version. Less than 12 hours later, Mozilla had repaired the problem and re-released the updated browser, but not before exploit code was released.

The attack exploits an issue where Firefox was exposing URL information across Web domains by not restricting Javascript’s location method. Mozilla director of security assurance Michael Coates said the vulnerability could allow a malicious website to determine which websites a user had surfed to and would leak URL information.
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