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Mozilla releases alpha version of Firefox 3.0

December 12, 2006

Oh my, this came out of nowhere!

Mozilla, only a few months ago released their final and public version of Firefox 2.0. Now they’re at it again, with an alpha version of Firefox 3.0.

Here is the screen shot

Click the links below to download for your respective OS.

Windows – 32bit version

Mac

Linux – i686

Note: the download links above point to the US English builds of Firefox 3.0 alpha. If you find links for other languages, please leave a comment with the download links.

And for those of you who know ‘code’, here is the link for the source code of the alpha build

I’ll post updates as Mozilla releases newer builds.

Cheers!

Windows Vista available, with 2 year delay

December 1, 2006

Microsoft, the American software group headed by Bill Gates, will release its Windows Vista and Office 2007 products to business users today, after a two-year delay. The software, which has been developed at an estimated cost of $7 billion (£3.6 billion), is the first update of the Windows operating system since 2001. The consumer version of Vista is expected to be released in January and, like its business counterpart, will include improved features in areas such as security and searching. Analysts have suggested that Office 2007 could prove to be the more important product for Microsoft. The software suite will compete with rival web-based systems such as Google’s word-processor and spreadsheet utilities.

 

Together, Windows and Office account for the lion’s share of Microsoft profits, but Microsoft has suggested that the new products’ initial contributions to revenue growth will be modest. The company expects revenues for 2007 to grow at between 13 and 15 per cent year-on-year, compared with the 11 per cent increase in 2006. Well may be the revenues will not grow so fast, as there are fully working pirated versions of Windows Vista floating on the net for more than week ) .

Source: Times

Firefox Passwords security problem

November 24, 2006

Security experts Wednesday warned that Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox browser has an unpatched flaw that lets criminals pilfer Web site or account passwords, and said that the tactic has already been used on MySpace to steal log-in information from users of the popular social networking service. Dubbed the “Reverse Cross-Site Request” vulnerability by its discoverer, the vulnerability is in Firefox’s password-saving feature. Attackers can exploit the flaw by crafting malicious HTML code that hijacks a username and password from a legitimate site, such as a blog or message forum, then transports the log-in to another site.

Users would not notice that the theft had even taken place, said Robert Chapin, who reported the bug to Mozilla earlier this month. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is also vulnerable to RCSR attack, added Chapin, although circumstances make it less likely that attackers will exploit the bug in IE. Current versions of Firefox, including 1.5.0.8 and 2.0, are vulnerable to RCSR attack; until a patch is available, users can deflect such attacks by disabling the automated password saving feature. In Firefox, users should select Tools|Options|Security, then clear the box marked “Remember passwords for sites.” Let’s hope it will be fixed soon. Anyway, still way better than all these ActiveX bugs in IE…

Source: InformationWeek