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Mozilla releases Firefox 18 security update

21 Jan 2013
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Mozilla has pushed out an update to Firefox 18 less than a fortnight since its release.

The update is designed to address a number of security and stability issues that have surfaced with the open-source browser.

Released over the weekend, Firefox 18.0.1 includes fixes for problems users have been experiencing in Firefox 18, including issues with HTTP Proxy Transactions, insecure content loading on HTTPS pages, and problems with the in-browser Unity Web Player.

"We have received reports of some compatibility and stability issues in the latest release of Firefox that we have since resolved," a Mozilla spokesperson said in a statement.

"A fix will be issued this week and users will be automatically updated to the latest version of Firefox as soon as it's available," a Mozilla spokesperson said in a statement."

Firefox 18 introduced a new JavaScript compiler, IonMonkey, which Mozilla claims can speed web apps and games by up to 25 percent over previous versions of the browser.

It also includes support for Apple Macs with high-definition Retina screens and preliminary support for WebRTC, a project to enable in-browser voice call and video chat capabilities.

Last week, Mozilla revealed more of its plans for its Firefox browser for both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 to V3, as well as support for older Windows versions.

It also said it expects the browser to be delivered as a single executable that will also run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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