Firefox 50.0.1 fixes one critical security issue

There’s a critical security vulnerability in Firefox 49 and 50, and Mozilla just released Firefox 50.0.1 to address it. Which is great, except for one thing: the total lack of anything resembling an announcement.

Yes, Firefox can be configured to update itself or alert you when an update is available, but that setting can also be disabled completely. Worse, it can take days for Firefox’s internal update checker to detect that there’s a new version.

I discovered the new version by way of a post on the US-CERT site.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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