A new release for Firefox 3.6 has been issued by Mozilla, settings the latest official stable build to 3.6.8. The new edition of the highly popular web browser comes only with one stability fix to a problem that occurred on some pages containing plugins.

Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory titled the issue the “dangling pointer crash regression from plugin parameter array” and labeled it as having critical impact. The problem was discovered by Mozilla developer Daniel Holbert, who reported on July 20 that the fix to the plugin parameter array crash that had been introduced in the earlier Firefox build (3.6.7) unleashed a crash that showed signs of memory corruption. As an effect of this, the plugin instance’s parameter array could be freed too soon in some cases, leaving a dangling pointer that could be called by the plugin. This translates into the risk of executing attacker-controlled memory. More »

Mozilla is building different flavors of the next iteration of its open source browser, offering both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) builds for testing.

At the end of the past week, Mozilla’s Armen Zambrano Gasparnian revealed that the company was producing the 64-bit builds of Firefox 4.0 for Windows. At this point in time, early adopters can download a very early pre-Beta 2 release of Firefox 4.0, in 32-bit (x86) as well as 64-bit (x64) versions.

“I had to switch to Visual Studio 2008 since in VS2010 we don’t jemalloc support. I still have to test that the compiler switch won’t cause any regression to anybody who has a build built off VS2010.

The following build has: been built with MSVC9 (VS2008); Windows 7 SDK; has no update; it now has jemalloc; it still does not have PGO. To note, I have tested the build on win7 64-bit build and has worked as expected,” Gasparnian stated. More »

While there is more than enough room to grow by simply eroding Internet Explorer’s share on the browser market, the growth of a specific player impacts the others as well. Case in point: Google Chrome’s increase in usage share in January and February 2010. Chrome is managing to hurt not only Microsoft’s IE but also Mozilla’s Firefox. According to statistics from Net Applications, Google Chrome was the only major browser to gain market share in January 2010.

“The Google Chrome browser gained .4% of global usage share in January. All other major browsers showed a month-to-month decline,” the Internet metrics company stated. This is, of course, nothing new for Internet Explorer, as Microsoft has been continuously seeing its browser market share erode. However, it is news for Mozilla, which has become used to a steady pace of growth, especially in the detriment of IE.

What’s even more interesting is that the first two months of 2010 could very well end up being the beginning of a new trend. At the start of the past month, Net Applications revealed that “the Google Chrome browser gained .6% of global usage share in January. Both Firefox and Internet Explorer dropped share during the last month.” More »