Firefox ESR

Mozilla has announced Firefox will continue to be supported for Windows XP and Vista users into most of 2017. Here is the timeline for continued support ub 2017: March 2017 users will (automatically) be moved to Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR). September 2017 Mozilla will end support for Windows XP and Vista users. via Firefox Future Release

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Mozilla is moving right along with getting Firefox 41 ready to ship for the September 22nd release. Having had a chance to play with the current Beta version of Firefox 41, here are THREE major changes users should be aware of to avoid headaches upon updating/downloading: New ‘New Tab’ behavior. Gone are the days users could set their preference as to what comes up when they open a new tab via the browser.newtab.url preference in about:config. Nope, that was being ‘exploited’ so Mozilla removed this functionality that has been in Firefox since Firefox 13 (June 2012). There is a simple solution, Custom New…

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Firefox 40.0.2 Released

Mozilla release and emergency update for Firefox 40 on August 13, 2015 with Firefox 40.0.2 release.This update addressed these issues: Fix a startup crash with some combination of hardware and drivers (1160295) mozalloc.lib was missing from the xulrunner package (1168291) Enabled API allowing Windows 10 users to open settings dialog (1193196) Firefox ESR was unaffected by the above issues and was not updated. User can get the update by going to Firefox: Help > About Firefox and following the prompts or can manually download and install via the getfirefox.com site. The next planned release is Firefox 41 on September 22, 2015.

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On August 6, 2015 Mozilla released an emergency security update for Firefox 38 ESR and Firefox 39 with the Firefox 38.1.1 ESR and Firefox 39.0.3 releases. These releases were a result of MFSA 2015-78: Same origin violation and local file stealing via PDF reader. From The Mozilla Security Blog: 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…

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Mozilla has allowed extension signing not to be enforced on the Nightly and Developer Edition (Aurora) builds for add-on developers. However, it is enabled by default though when you install or update to these builds. To turn off the extension signing follow these steps: In a new tab type: about:config in Firefox’s address bar and hit enter. Confirm you will be careful if a warning message is displayed. Search for xpinstall.signatures.required. Double-click on the preference name so that its value is set to false. Restart the browser to reactivate any disabled extensions The release version of Firefox 41 (September 2015) will still…

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Like it or not, Extension Signing starts with Firefox 40 (coming August 2015). The Mozilla Wiki has quite a bit of information about extension signing. Signing will be done through addons.mozilla.org (AMO) and will be mandatory for all extensions, regardless of where they are hosted. Here is a timeline of when and how Extension Signing is going to be enforced: Firefox 40: Firefox warns about signatures but doesn’t enforce them. Firefox 41: Firefox will have a preference that allows signature enforcement to be disabled. Firefox 42: Release and Beta versions of Firefox will not allow unsigned extensions to be installed, with no…

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Firefox 38/38.0 ESR Released

Mozilla released the next regular and ESR versions of Firefox on Tuesday, May 12th with Firefox 38. New features in this version include: New tab-based preferences (Preferences panel is now its own tab) Ruby annotation support Complete details can be found in the Firefox 38 Release Notes. Depending on their update settings, users will be prompted to update within the next 24-48 hours. Users can also manually update by going to the Firefox Help Menu and selecting About Firefox and follow the prompts to update. Alternatively users can also down and manually install the update via getfirefox.com site. The next planned release for Firefox is…

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Firefox 37.0.2 Released

Mozilla released an update to the Firefox 37 branch on Monday, April 20th with the Firefox 37.0.2 release. This update addressed these issues: Google Maps may render incorrectly in some cases Stability fixes for select graphics hardware and feature sets Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory (MFSA) 2015-45: Memory corruption during failed plugin initialization Depending on their update settings, users will be prompted to update within the next 24-48 hours. Users can also manually update by going to the Firefox Help Menu and selecting About Firefox and follow the prompts to update. Alternatively users can also down and manually install the update…

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Firefox Release Recap: March 22, 2014

Just Released Firefox 28 Firefox for Android 28 Firefox 24.4.0 ESR Firefox 29 Beta (29.0b1) Firefox 30 Aurora (30.0a2) Future Releases April 29th Firefox 29 Firefox for Android 29 Firefox 24.5.0 ESR Firefox 30 Beta (30.0b1)* Firefox 31 Aurora (31.0a2)* * As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule,dates listed for Aurora and Beta builds reflect when the code merge is set to begin. The actual release to that particular channel may vary by several days.

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Firefox 27 was originally scheduled for release on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. However, due to Mozilla shutting down their operations until January 6th, they have opted to push the release back two weeks to ensure the build quality is not sacrificed. The new release date for Firefox 27 (desktop and Android) as well as 24.3esr is now Tuesday February 4th, 2014. via Firefox Future Releases

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