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Mozilla moving Firefox 32Bit users to 64Bit

Mozilla has revealed that 64-bit Firefox will soon become the default build for 64-bit Windows versions. In the near future, users whose PCs fit the hardware requirement will be migrated to Firefox 64-bit automatically with Firefox 56 scheduled to be released on September 26th. The default the Windows installer will default to
64-bit Firefox beginning on August 8th.

Firefox Updated to 53

Firefox 53 marks the first version to not support Windows XP. Users of XP will still get security updates for Firefox 52 for the next six months.

The full list of changes are available at Mozilla

Security update for Firefox 49

Mozilla has released an update for Firefox 49 with eighteen fixes, four of which are listed as Critical including a highly scrutinized flaw in its automated update process for add-ons in Firefox, specifically around the expiration of certificate pins. The vulnerability allowed the interception of browser traffic which could lead to remote code execution.

Firefox 42 adds new feature: Tracking Protection

Previously available to beta users Tracking Protection blocks third party page elements, such as ads, social network buttons, analytics, and other bits of information that could record a users’ browsing activity and profile users across multiple sites when its loaded by pages. When browsing the Web, you unknowingly share information about yourself with third parties that are separate from the site you’re actually visiting, even in Private Browsing mode on any browser. Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox actively blocks content like ads, analytics trackers and social share buttons that may record your behavior without your knowledge across sites.

FF Track

With the FCC declining to enforce Tracking Protection it is up to browser providers to offer protection. This is certainly a good first step and certainly makes Firefox the browser of choice for privacy advocates.

Firefox: New exploit found, update immediately

Mozilla has released a security update for a vulnerability in their Firefox web browser. The vulnerability comes from the interaction of the mechanism that enforces JavaScript context separation (the “same origin policy”) and Firefox’s PDF Viewer. Mozilla products that don’t contain the PDF Viewer, such as Firefox for Android, are not vulnerable. The vulnerability does not enable the execution of arbitrary code but the exploit was able to inject a JavaScript payload into the local file context. This allowed it to search for and upload potentially sensitive local files.

To manually update Firefox:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu , click help Help-29 and select About Firefox. On the menu bar click the Firefox menu and select About Firefox.
  2. The About Firefox window will open and Firefox will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically.
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  3. When the updates are ready to be installed, click Restart to UpdateRestart Firefox to Update.
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Firefox 36: 17 Security fixes

Firefox 36 was released on Tuesday and a number of security fixes have been included, some deemed critical. Users should ensure they are running the latest version.

Source: Firefox

Firefox 35 released; Several vulnerabilities addressed

Mozilla has  released Firefox 35 and it comes with fixes for several critical vulnerabilities. Firefox users should upgrade immediately.

Source: Mozilla