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Just days after the previous release, a Firefox update fixes another critical security issue.

Firefox 3.0.9 was released last week, and version 3.0.10 is here already.

"One of the security fixes in Firefox 3.0.9 introduced a regression that caused some users to experience frequent crashes," said Mozilla officials.

An investigation of those crashes revealed evidence of memory corruption that could possibly be used to execute remote code.

The release notes also mention "a major stability issue", but that appears to be a reference to the same underlying problem.

Online discussions among developers working on the issue suggest that the issue arose from a bug fix that did not take into account another change that had been made.

The 3.0.10 update can be applied to an existing Firefox installation by using the Check for Updates command, or the entire program can be downloaded via Mozilla's site.

Versions are available in a variety of languages for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

A Welsh version of Firefox is currently in beta test.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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