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Update: Firefox 3.5 First Fixes Are Ready

Firefox 3.5.1 Released

The first update to Firefox 3.5 has just been released.  To get the update right now, all you need to do is go to Help > “Check for Updates…” in your browser.  So what exactly is this new update fixing? 

Both the slow startups for Windows users and the JavaScript memory corruption flaws have been fixed.  After the update is in place, if you set javascript.options.jit.content to false via about:config, you can now go back in and set it to true again.

For more changes and updates in Firefox 3.5.1 – be sure to check out the release notes.

Asa Addresses Holes in PC World

Firefox Security Fight? One of my favorite Mozilla personalities, Asa Dotzler posted an article the other day debunking a lot of F.U.D. about Firefox and how it is the “new security threat” we should all be worried about, according to an article on PC World’s web site.  Not often do I sit and read, thinking to myself, “Haha, yeah booyyy!” and “Take that!” but Asa did a great job at taking apart this guy’s argument.

You can check out Asa’s thoughts and the PC World article and make your own decision though.  In the red corner from PC World we have Stuart J. Johnson…

“Many people are switching from Internet Explorer to alternative browsers such as Firefox and Safari. Though that might make them feel more secure, the shift has also opened new doors for bad guys.”

In the blue corner, from Mozilla we have Asa Dotzler!

“Stuart J. Johnston, over at PC World’s Bugs and Fixes column, does a fabulous job confusing and unnecessarily alarming Firefox users, while at the same time conflating the valuable contributions being made by the ethical security researcher community with the malicious activities of “bad guy” hackers. That’s quite an accomplishment in just 500 words.”

Who is your money on?