Wednesday, 03 April 2013 08:43

Firefox 20 squashes 11 critical flaws


Firefox 20 has been released, delivering new features plus fixes for 11 critical security vulnerabilities.

The latest release of Firefox addresses 11 vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited by an attacker to run arbitrary code while the user browses normally.

The issues are listed here.

New in Firefox 20 are private browsing, a revamped user interface for downloading, and the ability to close a hung plugin.

Private browsing - a feature already found in other browsers - prevents most types of data being saved by the browser. For example, visited pages do not appear in the history, form entries are not saved for autocomplete, and cookies are not stored.

HTML5 support has been extended with the addition of support for camera and microphone, blend modes in <canvas>, and <audio> and <video> improvements.

Various performance improvements are also included.

A list of changes and known issues is available here.


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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 and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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