Adobe springs emergency Flash update, says hackers hitting Firefox

28/02/2013 Leave a comment

That time of  again! Yes! Flash update time. a new release from Adobe has been confirmed:

“Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking a link which directs to a website serving malicious Flash content,” the advisory stated, listing the vulnerabilities by their Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures, or CVE, identifiers. “The exploit for CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 is designed to target the Firefox browser.”

Updates are rolling out across Win/Mac platforms.

via Adobe springs emergency Flash update, says hackers hitting Firefox – Computerworld.

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“News of my Demise has been Greatly Exaggerated”…

27/06/2011 Leave a comment

And after a short hiatus, I have returned to posting! Having been away as devs are for development reasons over different platforms – Firefox, N900 and finally MeeGo and the confirmed Nokia N9 with MeeGo Harmattan 1.2 (Maemo viewers will know that Harmattan was also the code name for Maemo 6.0)

Firefox 4.0 and 5.0 have come and been released including the new Do-Not-Track feature as ell as the regular goodies under the hood for web developers.

I shall also return to regular weekly postings under this blog.

Happy Xmas 2010!

25/12/2010 Leave a comment

Happy Xmas to one and all! We’ve seen a lot this year – the formation of MeeGo, the direction of a new Firefox for the mobile (Android/Maemo) platform and a new Firefox!

Lets hope 2011 will be an even bigger year for open source, the hardworking guys over at Mozilla and Nokia.

Happy Christmas and have a great new year!

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Silent Updates to Appear in Firefox 4.0

11/08/2010 Leave a comment

Mozilla is set to add silent updates circa Firefox 4.0 however, the updates will only be available on the Win32 platform and only effect minor updates such as 4.0.1, 4.0.2 etc… without user interaction. The user will STILL be notified on major version changes such as 4.0 – 5.0 etc…

Most updates, including all security updates, will be downloaded and installed automatically without asking the user or requiring a confirmation, said Alex Faaborg, a principal designer on Firefox.

“We’ll only be using the major update dialog box for changes like [version] 4 to 4.5 or 5,” Faaborg said in a late July message on the“mozilla.dev.apps.firefox” forum. “Unfortunately users will still see the updating progress bar on load, but this is an implementation issue as opposed to a [user interface] one; ideally the update could be applied in the background.”

It comes after a report from two security researchers at Google compiled a report (PDF link) on software security and stability which also went to praise Mozilla for their update mechanism being the best of the browsers prior to the arrival of Google and it’s Chromium project (Chrome browser).

Silent updates seem to be making more and more of an appearance into software these days, Adobe now uses silent updates in its PDF reader software but the user MUST enable it.

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MeeGo’s Impact

19/07/2010 Leave a comment

MeeGo (the conversion of the Maemo project as well as Moblin into a open source OS for mobile device not just MID’s) Has certainly come a long way in the space of what could be termed a few short months. In reality, it was longer but still worth it!

I look forward to what MeeGo promises to be: a lightweight, efficient, workable OS designed for the mobile platform and not encumbered with patents that others have had issues with.

The addition of Mobile Firefox (AKA Fennec) 1.1 being released also promises more in terms of what the mobile web can offer and soon offer web designers/developers as well as the future of content on the mobile platform.

The Big Catchup…

01/04/2010 Leave a comment

After a short spell away, the news reumes!

We’ve seen the Chromium project (from Google) makes leaps and bounds in the last year going from version 1 to 5 in less than 2 years! We’ve seen several offshoot projects using the Chromium base such as ChromePlus and SRWare’s Iron.

From Nokia, we’ve seen Maemo version 5.0 get launched on the new N900 mobile Internet device, there’s also the new Meego project encompassing Maemo, Nokia, Intel and Moblin.

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.6.2 to address a security vulnerability and has discontinued support for the Windows Mobile platform (Maemo still supported).

This year looks to be exciting. 🙂

BREAKING NEWS: MS to open source Windows

01/04/2010 Leave a comment

That’s right, Microsoft are going to open source Windows while also donating money to the Linux Foundation for additional funding.

Chief Software Architect at Microsoft Ray Ozzie said “It was a clear decision we had to take. We’ve been fond supporters of Linux ever since the late *nix days and big admirers of Linux Torvalds.”

This open source effort also includes steps to open up the IE code base as well. Speaking at a tech demo CEO, Steve Balmer said “We are making a concerted effort to make IE9 more standards complaint within W3C guidelines and adopt the WebKit rendering engine.”

Good news for all 🙂

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