A second minor bug found in the Firefox 2.0 Web browser will be fixed, but users shouldn’t encounter much of a problem in the meantime, a Mozilla official said Thursday.
“It’s very unlikely that anyone would have put a similar page on any ordinary webpage,” so users shouldn’t be affected, Nitot said.
The problem can’t be used to steal data from a computer, he added.
The new bug will eventually be fixed. “We will fix it because we need reliability,” Nitot said, adding that no timetable has been set.
Firefox 2.0 and Microsoft’s rival Web browser Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), which debuted within a week of one another, are under close scrutiny by security analysts.
Both vendors have contested experts’ claims of flaws. Mozilla said one reported problem with Firefox 2.0 was fixed in a previous version, while a second report of an exploitable vulnerability couldn’t be replicated.
Microsoft charged a behavior cited as a vulnerability in IE7—where a pop-up window can display content from a different, untrusted website—isn’t a bug, but a feature, after the behavior was reported by vendor Secunia.
-Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service (London Bureau)
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