Firefox 106.0.1 fixes a crash on certain AMD systems

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 20, 2022
Updated • Oct 20, 2022

Hot on the heels of Firefox 106 Stable comes the first point release update for the browser. Firefox 106.0.1 addresses a crash on systems with certain AMD processors.

Mozilla released Firefox 106 Stable and Firefox 102.4 ESR just two days ago on October 18, 2022. Firefox 106 included the browser's new Firefox View feature, which improves cross-device use of the browser by highlighting recent tabs open in other instances of Firefox.

Other improvements include basic PDF editing capabilities, limiting to drawing on PDF documents and using text write options, useful for form filling.

Firefox 106.0.1

Firefox 106.0.1 Stable will be released later today, if you are reading this on October 20, 2022.  The new release of the browser addresses a crash issue on AMD Zen 1 devices. The operating systems affected by the bug are not specified, but Windows 10 is among them.

Mozilla fixed the crash issue in record time. It was reported on Mozilla's bug tracking site yesterday (20 hours ago at the time of writing), and fixed nine hours later. Mozilla states that Firefox 102.x ESR is not affected by the issue, and that Firefox 106 is the only affected version of the Firefox browser.

The bug report includes a technical analysis of the issue and references to other bugs related to it.

Firefox 106 installations should receive the update automatically once it is released. Firefox users may download the update from Mozilla's website as well to install it manually.

The crash bug should not affect the starting of the Firefox web browser or the automatic update behavior.

Firefox users may check the installed version of the web browser by selecting Menu > Help > About Firefox from its main interface. Firefox displays the installed version and runs a check for updates. Any update that the browser finds during the check is downloaded and installed automatically.

Now You: when was the last time you experienced a crash in a browser that you are using?

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  1. Kevin Anderson said on November 6, 2022 at 11:10 am

    106.2 has not fixed the problem with an older AMD Turion64x2 laptop running Xubuntu 20.04.1. The only way I have found to limp along (short of restarting Firefox) is constantly opening the Help>About page after each mouse click or something typed.

  2. me me said on October 24, 2022 at 5:43 am

    I agree – 106.1 crashes every couple of minutes. It crashed 3x just as I am writing this. I hate that we cannot rollback. What a turd.

  3. MK said on October 23, 2022 at 2:23 am

    The latest Firefox update 10/18/22 (106.0) causes windows explorer to stop responding (HP Pavillion p6232p with Windows 7). When I close Firefox (or just hover over the task bar), I see spinning circle and Windows Explorer not responding. I have to restart Windows Explorer every time I close Firefox. I tried updating again 10/20/22 (106.1), but problem still occurs. I’ll have to switch to Chrome until they fix it.

  4. Haakon said on October 21, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I always wait for the inevitable and ubiquitous .0.1 to rollout when a new FF is released. I prefer others to test the .0.0 for me.

    However this is a .0.½ and I’ll wait on 106.0.2 which should occur in the next week or two..

  5. me said on October 21, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    It didn’t fix anything, it made things worse. Tabs keeps crashing even more now on 106.1.

    1. John G. said on October 21, 2022 at 11:53 pm

      Try to install FF 106.0.1 with a clean install if you can, probably it’s something relating with the user’s profile. Also you may prefer FF 102.x ESR, everything works fine and it’s more or less than FF 106 itself. Thanks for the article!

  6. John G. said on October 21, 2022 at 5:08 am

    This recent Firefox 106 crash also happens in the AMD Athlon Silver and Gold CPU. Two of my friends have noticed the issue in both type of processors, recent update to 106.1 seems to fix it. Fortunately, the FF 102 ESR is solid as a rock. Thanks for the article!

  7. Tom Hawack said on October 20, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve been using a PC ever since year 2000 and the only crashes I can remember were those of the OS itself, none before Win7, once because of a newly installed scanner driver, once because of myself with a faulty Registry manipulation. Nothing since, and I’m still running good old Seven.

    Not concerned by AMD Zen 1 devices and given FF106.0.1 fixes but this crash issue I won’t update.
    When I read this morning in my RSS feeds the availability of 106.0.1 I confess big words forced my innocent thoughts. Happy my device is not concerned given I always proceed to clean Firefox installs.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 20, 2022 at 2:48 pm

      That is a good run Tom. I experienced my fair share of crashes in most browsers over the past year. Mostly, because I do run development versions next to stable versions, and these tend to be less stable. I can’t remember any Stable version crashes that I experienced, though.

      1. Tom Hawack said on October 20, 2022 at 3:30 pm

        I could have pointed out that I never run beta/development builds, be it a browser be it any application or software. Ultimately, Firefox aside, I tend to wait for new versions’ feedback before updating.

  8. Paul(us) said on October 20, 2022 at 11:45 am

    With Firefox (my workhorse) that will be me more than a year ago.

    With Vivaldi when I am streaming content ( Like a tv journal) it freezes regularly.
    I especially now have a completely as small as possible version of Vivaldi with no Add-ons and email services attracted, for only streaming content. But still, it freezes quite often.

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