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Hey for all of you running Firefox make sure that you download the final release of the software.. They have spent tons of time to patch holes, unlike Microsoft, so that they have a secure browser... I believe that the final release is out the 8th of November.. However, the firefox site is currently down.. :cry:

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A final test version of open-source browser Firefox has been released, giving users a peek at what are expected to be the official features of the free software.

The latest test version of Firefox 1.0 fixes about 250 bugs that have been reported since the preview release of the browser earlier this year, according to the Mozilla Foundation.

"If all goes well testing these builds, then we're on target for our 1.0 release in early November," Asa Dotzler, the Mozilla Foundation's community quality advocate, wrote in a Web log posting Wednesday.

Spun off last year by Time Warner, the Mozilla Foundation is the open-source group that produces both Firefox and its predecessor, the Mozilla browser.

The group is making the final test release of Firefox 1.0 available via FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

The organization also is calling on supporters to chip in on a full-page advertisement in the New York Times scheduled to coincide with the Nov. 9 launch of the browser.

As Internet Explorer has taken increasing heat for security woes, Firefox has gained in both stature and numbers. Version 0.8 of the browser was downloaded 3.3 million times within four months. Version 0.9 reached 6.5 million downloads in three months, and the preview release received 5 million download requests in just a month.

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Firefox fetches 3 percent market share

By Wolfgang Gruener, Senior Editor

November 1, 2004 - 18:49 EST

San Diego (CA) - Since its launch in mid September, the Firefox browser managed to become the second most popular browser on the Internet and caused the most significant drop in Internet Explorer market share in more than two years, according to a survey released by web analytics firm WebSideStory.

Mozilla's Firefox browser has turned out to be the most significant trend to compete with Microsoft's dominating web browser Internet Explorer. According to WebSideStory, Firefox shot from zero to three percent market share since its launch on September 14. The Mozilla/Netscape browser family now accounts for 6.02 percent share, an increase of 2.48 percentage points or 70 percent over the 3.54 percent it held in June of this year.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer lost 2.62 percentage points in the same time frame and now stands at 92.86 percent - the lowest market share figure since spring 2002.

"We see dips and peeks along the way," said WebSideStory analyst Geoff Johnston. "But this trend is significant. It was interesting to see the Internet Explorer's market share to decline in June and to see it continue in the second month. Now it is a sustained decline in its fifth month. In the past six weeks alone, the Internet Explorer has lost a whole percentage point," Johnston said.

WebSideStory's figures reflect users in the firm's network of sites with a sample size 15 to 20 million Internet users per day in the US. The firm said that US numbers could be translated in worldwide figures.

According to Johnston, Firefox does not just consist of a "tiny group of Microsoft haters anymore". However, it he said it was too early to say, if the browser is moving into the mainstream. "It is Microsoft's advantage that many people are lazy and feel that the Internet Explorer is good enough and therefore do not switch to Firefox."

According to Mozilla.org, Firefox was downloaded more than 300,000 times from its site in the first 24 hours of release. Downloads so far have exceeded seven million. More than 10,000 users have donated a total of more than $250,000 for advertising the launch of Firefox in the New York Times. According to the developers, this is the first-ever, full-page advertisement in a major daily newspaper created and paid for by the open source community.

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yea its cool that theyre releasing it via ftp because firefox has an extension for ftp. w00t! w00t! i have the preview thing and it kicks ie butt. cept for the test scores that is... now im like the rest of u common folk, scrounging around for spare bandwidth :lol:

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Exploit code makes IE flaw more dangerous

The threat posed by a critical flaw in Internet Explorer has been ratcheted up by the release of a program designed to exploit the vulnerability, security researchers warned on Thursday.

Security information provider Secunia raised the buffer overflow flaw to its highest rating in a new advisory. The vulnerability, which was made public on Tuesday, could be used to make Internet Explorer trigger a malicious program when the Microsoft browser loads a specially formatted Web page. The flaw does not affect Windows XP Service Pack 2, Secunia said.

"This advisory has been rated 'extremely critical,' as a working exploit has been published on public mailing lists," the company said.

The Iframe flaw is the latest in a series of security issues related to Internet Explorer. This week, ScanSafe found that a flaw in the browser had racked up the highest number of attacks for one exploit in the second quarter. In addition, Microsoft has been drawn into a debate whether a spoofing technique that uses Internet Explorer can be described as a flaw. Last month, security companies sent out a warning that a set of security holes affected Microsoft's browser among other major Web software.

Microsoft has begun to investigate the Iframe vulnerability and has not been made aware of any program designed to exploit the flaw, the company said in an e-mail statement to CNET News.com.

"Upon completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a fix through our monthly release process or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs," the company stated.

The software company took issue with the public release of the vulnerability before it had been notified.

Digital agenda

"Microsoft is concerned that this new report of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer was not disclosed responsibly, potentially putting computer users at risk," the company said in the statement. "We believe the commonly accepted practice of reporting vulnerabilities directly to a vendor serves everyone's best interests, by helping to ensure that customers receive comprehensive, high-quality updates for security vulnerabilities with no exposure to malicious attackers while the patch is being developed."

For now, users can upgrade to Windows XP SP 2 or use a different browser.

The U.S. watchdog for Internet threats, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), has also warned government and industry users about the Iframe flaw. According to the US-CERT advisory, the problem is caused by how Internet Explorer handles certain attributes of frames, which is a way of displaying Web content in separate parts of the browser window.

The US-CERT alert notes that other programs using the WebBrowser Active X control, could be affected by the vulnerability. These programs include Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express, America Online's browser, and Lotus Notes.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA "For now, users can upgrade to Windows XP SP 2 or use a different browser." hmm... not upgrading to SP2 so i guess it is Firefox for me.. :lol: What a sad day.. :roll:

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