Firefox 3.0.7, the second security update this year to the open-source browser, fixes about the same number of bugs that Mozilla patched a month ago.
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Other patches plug holes that could be used by hackers to steal private information and spoof URLs to trick users into thinking they're at a legitimate site.
Mozilla also addressed several non-security issues in Firefox 3.0.7, including unspecified stability problems, a bug that caused some browser cookies to mysteriously vanish, and a Mac-only flaw associated with the Flashblock add-on.
The new version of Firefox can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the Mozilla site. Current users can also call up their browser's built-in updater, or wait for the automatic update notification, which typically pops up within 48 hours.
In other Firefox-related news, Mozilla today said that it would change the version number of the next major update from Firefox 3.1 -- the moniker used since May, when the company first announced the upgrade -- to Firefox 3.5.
Last week, one developer called on Mozilla to bump up the version number. "That way we would more clearly communicate to users that this isn't just a minor update but a major step forward," said Simon Paquet.
Mozilla also modified the schedule for Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 -- it is too late in the process to change the beta to 3.5 -- today, pushing back the ship date for the oft-delayed preview from an earlier estimate of March 10 to March 12.
Firefox holds a 22 percent market share, according to browser data from Web metrics company Net Applications Inc.
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