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Mozilla Releases Firefox 8.0.1

Mozilla is about to release an update for the latest stable version of Firefox. Firefox 8.0.1 will be released less than two weeks after the release of Firefox 8, the latest stable version of the popular Internet browser.

A fast release like this usually indicates a serious problem that needs to be addressed right away. Most issues that require an immediate response are security related in nature. This time though it seems to be a popular add-on that is causing stability issues for Firefox 8 users.

An extension block request has been posted at Bugzilla. The request to hard block the popular Roboform extension has been added on November 2. According to information posted there Firefox 8 users are experiencing the majority of crashes while users of other Firefox versions are also experiencing crashes but to a lesser extent.

Add-ons that are blocked can usually be added to a blocklist remotely. This did not work in the case of the Roboform add-on as it was hooking dlls into Firefox which needed to be blocked by adding code to the browser.

The changelog has not been posted yet, it will later be available on this page. It is not clear if additional patches have made it into Firefox 8.0.1.

For now, we can only assume that the Roboform patch is the only code change in the new version of the web browser. This means that Firefox users who do not work with Roboform do not need to update their version of the browser to the latest version right away.

The Mozilla homepage is currently listing Firefox 8 as the latest version. Third party websites like Softpedia are already hosting the new version on their servers.

I'll update the news as soon as the update is available at Mozilla.

Update: Firefox 8.0.1 has been official released.

Update: Newer versions of Firefox are now available, so make sure you are running the latest version of the browser to benefit from feature improvements, security updates and bug fixes.





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    Comments

    1. Midnight said on November 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm
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      “According to information posted there Firefox 8 users are experiencing the majority of crashes while users of other Firefox versions are also experiencing crashes but to a lesser extent.”

      Maybe I’ve been lucky, but I can honestly state that I have never ever experienced a Firefox crash.
      That’s one reason why I consider the Browser to be rock solid, secure and safe as can be!

      Waiting to see what the chagelog has to say!

      1. Laav said on November 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm
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        It will merely be a hardblock for the Roboform extension, there will unlikely be any other changes.

    2. Siber Systems said on November 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm
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      Hello,

      RoboForm works with FF8, just make sure that you install the extension when FF asks during installation. If you did not, just go to Tools > Add-Ons> Extensions, make sure RF is installed.

      Siber Systems

      1. Randal Jeffrey said on November 18, 2011 at 2:12 am
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        So glad RoboForm is still working with FF8, I couldn’t live without it! If anyone does not see RoboForm listed in their extensions when trying to re-enable it, be sure you have the latest version (7.6.3) installed!

    3. Dougle said on November 17, 2011 at 4:10 am
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      In addition to the RoboForm block, there’s a java patch for MAC users, Nothing for Linux users. At this time, the MAC users will be offered and automatic update but Windows users will have to manually uptate:

      https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=701537#c3
      https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=701537#c11

    4. Xmetalfanx said on November 17, 2011 at 8:18 am
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      I will take a look at the site, though with Roboform and/or Roboform Lite, on a few computers with Roboform 7 and Firefox 8.0 and though I needed to update sometimes (Roboform … though they bumped up the support in a recent release to “Firefox 10” … the addon still worked the number of “max versipn” just needed to be upgraded … so Roboform upped the number a few versions to prevent this …

      I have NEVER had a crash on Firefox 8 and I have a ton of addons, not just Roboform. I am not sure why they are having crashes, but I can confirm that Roboform is a-ok with Firefox 8 and if there is no way to re-enable the addon (assuming 8.01 BLOCKS IT) would be ground for me not to upgrade anymore.

      Just my opinion …
      Xmetalfanx

    5. jack said on November 18, 2011 at 11:46 am
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      When i run RoboForm firefox 8 will crash .my avant browser and ie don’t have this problem

    6. Geo said on November 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm
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      won’t start after installing on XP SP3 w/ Roboform, 8.0 used to crash on XP system on restore from minimize (also on machines w/o Roboform)

    7. Phil said on November 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm
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      I have been using the latest version of RoboForm (7.6.3) with FF8 and am having no trouble at all. Same great RoboForm.

    8. fogdrip said on November 20, 2011 at 1:40 am
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      I love Firefox, however version 8.0 has left me without my RoboForm toolbar. I use RoboForm to remember all those different passwords and I need it back. I have heard that 8.0.1 will include a resumption of Roboform functionality – Happy Days!

      On a different note and personal peeve – Why is it so hard for web “journalist” to include the date of publication on their articles? No one does it – What are they trying to hide??

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 20, 2011 at 1:54 am
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        the date is there, just scroll down.

    9. Klaus Zimmermann said on November 20, 2011 at 3:01 am
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      Linux user here.

      Have any other Linux users had trouble in trying to upgrade to FF8? I read about adding the firefox-next repository, but that gave me FF9 beta…
      Otherwise, browsing is still great as usual.

    10. Anonymous said on November 25, 2011 at 5:17 am
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      where is the plugins?

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