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Firefox 3 : don’t download yet…

If you refrained from participating in the massive download fest today, you are to be rewarded for your prudence. The first FF3 vulnerability is already identified. By waiting nearly one day you may have saved yourself a little frustration (“What? But I just downloaded it and haven’t even used it yet!“).

Of course, the security hole is present in prior versions as well, so you’re not exactly safe while you wait.


  1. Neil wrote:

    “the security hole is present in prior versions as well, so you’re not exactly safe while you wait.”

    So your advice is not to use FF at all? You’re usually so clear but I don’t understand this post!

    In my experience FF3 is an improvement over FF2 and is well worth installing/upgrading to. For one thing it seems a good deal more responsive (i.e. faster) than FF2.

    @Neil: sorry… no, just affirming those who waited, offering a nugget of reward. You’re almost always better off upgrading your browser, except when it breaks workflow (e.g. plugins, memory leaks, etc). I always suggest wait a few weeks.. which is ok if the security flaws exist in the prior version as well

    Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 2:53 am | Permalink
  2. Josh wrote:

    what about plugins? are they likely to mess up after the upgrade?

    Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 7:05 am | Permalink
  3. Cave Diver wrote:

    John, there are security holes in all the browsers. Download away and enjoy the Mozilla fun.

    I have mixed feelings about the new browser. My two peeves are:

    1. The address bar is difficult for me to read and determine which of the smart options I want to go to.

    2. When I go to a site that has an invalid certificate there is all together too much clicking! I was very comfortable with the basic warning in FF2.


    @hans: For “fun” I use Flock and Opera. I upgraded to Opera 9.5 a few days ago, and got super fast browsing, the Awesome Bar thingy, and still enjoy my start screen. Too bad I can’t fill in form with it, though ;-)  For me FF is a business tool… so I wait until a new release has stability. I’m interested in running a network scanner on it, though, to see what new Google snooping is going on…

    Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 10:12 am | Permalink