Firefox 18.0.1 coming soon

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 16, 2013
Updated • Jan 19, 2013

Critics of the Firefox web browser might say that Mozilla never gets it right the first time and base that assumption on the version updates the company releases shortly after Firefox moves to a new version.It happened several times in the past that Mozilla had to release an update after releasing a new version of the browser, and it appears that this streak won't break with the release of Firefox 18.0

Mozilla is currently in the process of preparing Firefox 18.0.1 which will be released in the coming days if things go according to plan. So what is causing the rush to bring out version 18.0.1 only days after Firefox 18 has been released to the public?

You find the answer on Bugzilla were eleven patches for the web browser are listed. Three of the eleven bugs have received a severity rating of critical with two of them being crash-related and one about a broken feature in the browser. Lets take a closer look at the bugs:

Two of the remaining bugs have received a severity rating of major, and the rest a rating of normal. One major bug addresses issues with NTLM (NT Lan Manager) and some SSL proxies which prevents that users can access the Internet, the other fixes a bug in proxy auto config which may not work properly in the current stable version of Firefox.

The normal bugs add support for DragonFly/NetBSD, fix a memory leak on OS X caused by running proxy config code off the main thread, fix plugin-container spwaning on BSD, a bug related to language packs and another on Mac OS X where url suggestion boxes pop up on the wrong screen.

Update: Firefox 18.0.1 has been released. You can download it via the browser's automatic update feature or on the Mozilla website. The release notes are accessible here.


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  1. cezi said on January 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    After installing newest Microsoft Visual 2012 ( vcredist_64.exe ) Cyberfox can be installed and works OK – on forums widespread are opinions that it works better with video sites then other FF clones.

  2. Kiwidave said on January 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I agree with Ficho,I installed Pale Moon x64 ( yesterday and love it.Not going back to Firefox.

  3. Symform said on January 18, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Thanks for keeping your readers informed on this new version. I’ve always been a satisfied user of the Firefox browser. I’m looking forward to downloading the new version once it is released. In contrast to other browsers that are out there, I think Firefox provides more security and a better user experience.

  4. cezi said on January 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I was not able to succesfully install Cyberfox 17.0.1 on W7 64bit or Vista32b ……..
    It seems that it needs connection to somewhere for some components ,
    it is bad sign -all should be in installer …
    Palemoon is OK . Also Waterfox . Although on YouTube (without flash plugin ) P. crashes quite often(P 15.3.2)…..
    FF18.0.1 works with my over 2years old profile correctly , but 19-21 cannot keep
    many icons on bars – they even disapper from customize window although relevant extensions are not disabled .
    Also Personal Titlebar with v18 doesnt work.
    Earlier when Beta/Aurora even Nightly were before v.18 I had no or less problems with profile =
    they care more for implementing bloating spying integration = “social” Fbibook , WebRTC = ground for spying via camera and so on .
    Maybe Mozilla is too big now to stay (relatively) independent anymore….

    And fresh default profile looks chrome-like debilitating “simplicity” = everything hidden — so far they spare us – in future surely there will be obligatory spydial with Fbibook and so on.

    If I stay beetween choice : FF clone with my old personalized for years profile ,
    or 18/19 and up Mozilla original with useless bloats and (potentially)spying novelties + fresh chromelike-too-simple-interface profile
    = it’s no brainer what I choose and recommend …..

  5. Krishna said on January 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    No offense but the above outburst looks like it belongs here:

  6. Jim said on January 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I installed Cyberfox 17 on my Win7 VM that I run on my Linux box. Worked fine and I was liking it. Then when the update to 18 came out I tried to upgrade. It failed and gave me a message that Cyberfox could not be installed on virtual systems. WTF? It worked fine with 17. I thought maybe it was a bug with the update, so I uninstalled 17 and tried a fresh full install of 18. Same error. I have never heard of any application that could not run on a VM, especially a browser. That’s just stupid. I have to question the competence of the Cyberfox developers.

    I keep falling for the lure of the “optimized” versions of the mainstream browsers. I’ve tried Pale Moon, Cyberfox, and a couple more that I have blocked from memory. Did the same thing with Chrome. I always ended up going back to the original browser because there were always problems with the other versions. They aren’t worth the grief, IMHO. I’ll stick with the production version of FF from now on, TYVM. I’ll waste less time that way.

  7. Ficho said on January 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Installed Pale Moon 15.4. yesterday.I wasn’t satisfied with Firefox 18.
    Pale Moon is great.
    Greetings from Croatia.

  8. Transcontinental said on January 17, 2013 at 1:55 am

    That means we can expect a Firefox 26.0.1 within 48 weeks :)
    Thanks, Martin, for pointing this out.
    No big deal to update, even manually. The main thing as Midnight wrote is our confidence in the zeal of the engineers, and we know Mozilla sticks to the browser in real time.

  9. Maou said on January 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Using Cyberfox 18 no crashes so far, Firefox 18 as backup browser.

  10. Midnight said on January 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    No software and for sure, no Browser is perfect!
    Some, like Firefox are simply better than others!

    Mozilla makes a serious effort to patch the bugs and vulnerabilities, which Microsoft fails to

    Also, Firefox is still faster and more secure than the competition!

  11. nocturne said on January 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks, Martin. Keep up informing us about newest version of freewares/free softwares/open-source softwares! :-)

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