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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