Mozilla pledges to fix second minor Firefox 2.0 bug

A second bug in Firefox 2.0 causes the browser to crash, but poses no risk for data loss, a Mozilla official said

A second minor bug found in the Firefox 2.0 Web browser will be fixed, but users shouldn't encounter much of a problem in the mean time, a Mozilla official said Thursday.

The browser will crash if it visits a Web page that been intentionally coded with JavaScript in such a way as to target the bug, said Tristan Nitot, director of European operations for Mozilla.

"It's very unlikely that anyone would have put a similar page on any ordinary Web page," so users shouldn't be affected, Nitot said.

The problem can't be used to steal data from a computer, he added.

It's the second bug that's been found in Firefox 2.0 since its release on Oct. 24. The first bug also causes the browser to hang or crash when a very large document is loaded into an iframe -- an HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) element -- using JavaScript.

The new bug will eventually be fixed. "We will fix it because we need reliability," Nitot said, adding no timetable has been set.

Firefox 2.0 and Microsoft's rival Web browser Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), both of which debuted within a week of one another, are under close scrutiny by security analysts.

Both vendors have contested experts' claims of flaws. Mozilla said one reported problem with Firefox 2.0 was fixed in a previous version, while a second report of an exploitable vulnerability couldn't be replicated.

Microsoft charged a behavior cited as a vulnerability in IE7 -- where a pop-up window can display content from a different, untrusted Web site -- isn't a bug, but a feature after the behavior was reported by vendor Secunia AsP.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?