Firefox 108.0.2 will be released later today fixing crashes

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 5, 2023
Updated • Jan 5, 2023
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Mozilla plans to release Firefox 108.0.2 later today, if you are reading this on January 5, 2023. The new Firefox Stable release addresses browser crashes.

firefox 108.0.2

Most Firefox installations will receive the update automatically after release. The automatic updating functionality of the browser will download and install it on most devices. The checks for updates do not happen in real-time. Firefox users may select Menu > Help > About Firefox to speed up the process, or download the update manually from Mozilla once it is released officially.

Firefox users who experience major crashes may download the release early from Mozilla's release server. Please note that there is a tiny chance that the listed version will be modified again before official release.

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Update: Mozilla published the release note. It appears that the crashes affected users on macOS 10.12 - 10.14 only.

  • Fixes a crash for some users on Mac OS X 10.12-10.14 during video playback.

There is one other entry:

  • The "Tabs sharing devices" menu item for WebRTC is now located in the tools menu on macOS only.

The release notes have not been published yet. An entry on Mozilla's bug tracking website Bugzilla reveals that the new version of Firefox addresses crashes of the browser.

The report confirms that the crashes are caused by access violation exceptions and that it is one of the top crashes according to Firefox Telemetry data.

Firefox development editions have been updated already to address the issue. The Extended Support Release version of Firefox appears to be unaffected by the issue.

It is unclear at this point if Firefox 108.0.2 will include other changes, or if the release focuses on the crash fix. We will update the article after Mozilla published the official release notes here.

Now You: have you experienced browser crashes recently? (via Deskmodder)

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  1. Tom Hawack said on January 5, 2023 at 12:19 pm
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    Running Firefox 108.0, no crashes.
    Hadn’t updated to 108.0.1 because I wasn’t concerned by the fixes.
    Won’t update to 108.0.2 (unless Release notes specify anything else than crashes) but rather wait for 109.0 (coming January 10th I presume).

    I wonder what the crashes are about. I wouldn’t be surprised it concerns Win10/11 users. More than once minor updates referred to crashes I never encountered : because of Win7, because of tightened tweaks?

    1. Tom Hawack said on January 5, 2023 at 3:28 pm
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      Firefox 108.0.2 Release Notes … just released.

      Fixed : Fixes a crash for some users on Mac OS X 10.12-10.14 during video playback.
      Changed : The “Tabs sharing devices” menu item for WebRTC is now located in the tools menu on macOS only.

      So the reported crashes were Mac specific.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 5, 2023 at 3:43 pm
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        Thanks Tom, added the information!

  2. John G. said on January 5, 2023 at 12:29 pm
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    No crashes noticed here in previous version. Thanks for the article.

  3. Anonymous said on January 5, 2023 at 1:57 pm
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    Firefox esr 102.6.0 sometimes crashes when first run.

  4. Jody Thornton said on January 5, 2023 at 1:57 pm
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    No further word on whether Mozilla has finalized their Windows 7 and 8x support plans? I hate when something I’m REALLY interested in, isn’t a bigger story.

    1. NeonRobot said on January 5, 2023 at 2:06 pm
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      Keep calm, i think that around March will know the truth. I also interested in news regarding Windows 7, coz it is my main production os.

    2. Andy Prough said on January 5, 2023 at 5:23 pm
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      Hi Judy, are you following the win7-eol issue on bugzilla? https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=win7-eol

      It’s a discussion by Mozilla employees that’s been ongoing for 3 years over timing the Win7 end of life. You may already be aware of it, I was just checking to try to be helpful. The last thing I’m reading there is that it will probably be through the end of Firefox ESR 102 which will have its last release at the end of August.

      1. Jody Thornton said on January 5, 2023 at 9:12 pm
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        Yes Andy I have, and thank you. Even this shows how undecided they are.

    3. NeonRobot said on January 16, 2023 at 8:00 am
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      Would be nice if they decide to extend support till the end of 2024 to match pos windows 7 eol.

  5. Herman Cost said on January 5, 2023 at 2:11 pm
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    I am running Firefox 108.0.1 using Windows 10 21H2, and have not experienced any crashes. In fact, I have not had a Firefox crash for a long time (at least a year, but probably much more than that as I do not remember the last one).

  6. semce said on January 5, 2023 at 2:23 pm
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    No crashes on W11.

    1. John G. said on January 5, 2023 at 4:45 pm
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      Neither in W10. Some drivers perhaps?

    2. Anonymous said on January 6, 2023 at 12:49 am
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      No crashes on Windows 7. I don’t think I ever had one with Firefox.

  7. Wolfie0827 said on January 5, 2023 at 4:27 pm
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    The only crashes I have had with Mozilla for the past 2-3 years have all been caused by the Maintenance Service. I now regularly uninstall it right after the upgrade.

    1. Tom Hawack said on January 5, 2023 at 6:01 pm
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      @Wolfie0827, you have to uninstall the Maintenance Service after each update because when you first installed Firefox you didn’t opt to uncheck the Maintenance Service option during the install.

      If you want to be quiet about the Maintenance Service not being installed after each update the best ting to do is :

      1- Uninstall Firefox from Windows Uninstall, that won’t remove your Firefox Profile(s).
      2- Install Firefox (hence ‘clean install’) and remember to uncheck the ‘Maintenance Service’ option.

      You’re done. Future updates won’t re-initiate the Maintenance Service.

  8. Anonymous said on January 5, 2023 at 4:57 pm
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    My Android got the update before my Windows. The paranoid in me says there might be important security issues fixed.

  9. Anonymous said on January 6, 2023 at 12:47 pm
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    Firefox never crashes in my experience. The only problem I have is that ‘View Selection Source’ sometimes doesn’t work properly.

  10. Anonymous said on January 12, 2023 at 1:30 am
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    I’m running FF 108.0.2 (64-Bit) on Win7 and it’s been crashing since I updated a day of so ago. No recent problems before that. FF just disappears. When I open FF again, it gives me the standard recovery page to restore a previous session.

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