updated 03:50 pm EDT, Fri October 19, 2007
Firefox 220.127.116.11 released
The Mozilla Foundation today released Firefox 18.104.22.168, an update to the open-source browser. The update brings compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard -- although a few issues still exist -- and several security fixes, including two labeled as critical flaws. Released just ahead of next week's release of Leopard, the Firefox update has problems with some media plugins as well as Add-ons that contain binary components. The release notes document problems with rendering, issues when closing other tabs (when 20 or more are open), and when viewing Macromedia Flash content on Intel-based Macs. "To work around this problem, users can remove or move the PowerPC version of 'Flash Player Enabler.plugin' from /Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder," the notes added.
The developers also note that the there is no "Talkback" feature on Intel-based Macs when running natively or under Rosetta. "Talkback" typically sends information about a crash or bug to the developers so it can be fixed. Instead, the Apple Crash report program should launch in the event of application crashes, the notes said.
In addition critical memory corruption errors were fixed, helping the overall stability of the product. While no specific flaw was known for the memory corruption bugs, the developers "presumed that with enough effort at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code."
Overall, eight specific security fixes were identified as resolved in the latest update.