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The Mozilla crew have updated Firefox 3 and Firefox 2 to address security vulnerabilities and (in the case of version 3) bugs & usability issues, including fixes for Mac-specific bugs. Firefox 3 had five security issues including two critical ones that could lead to either memory […]

The Mozilla crew have updated Firefox 3 and Firefox 2 to address security vulnerabilities and (in the case of version 3) bugs & usability issues, including fixes for Mac-specific bugs.

Firefox 3 had five security issues including two critical ones that could lead to either memory corruption or privilege escalation. Firefox 2 fixed nine security vulnerabilities, four of which were critical.

OS X users will see fewer problems with keyboard shortcuts, be able to enter Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Indic characters into Flash object text fields and store user profiles on AFP shares.

As I continue to use two browsers regularly (Firefox and Safari), Firefox continues to re-grow on me, especially with its rich extension support. If you do use non-Apple-provided browsers, it is vital that you stay on top of updates as you never know when you will find yourself surfing to a site with malicious content. Firefox makes it almost as simple as Apple’s Software Update by letting you choose between Help → Check for Updates… or setting up automatic update checking under Firefox → Preferences… → Advanced → Update.

If you’ve already upgraded, let other TAB readers know how you fared by dropping a note in the comments!

  1. So far so good, but then it’s only been five hours since updating it, but I found the previous version worked ok, better than Safari.

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  2. firefox 3 crashes everytime my computer goes to sleep and then reopens. if i do not force quit firefox before going to sleep, it crashes once i “wakeup” the computer and i must restart firefox. happened before nad after the recent updat.e

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  3. hm, I don’t get any problems after the update.

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  4. Everything works fine for me so far. But then again, I didn’t notice any problems at all with the version before this one.

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  5. Updated both of my Macs last night and haven’t had any big issues.

    I had issues with the last version where having several (5+) tabs open would cause increased CPU usage, even where the tabs are without Flash or Java/Javascript elements. Last week having Gmail open with one other tab literally maxed out the CPU usage.

    This update still doesn’t fix one of my biggest ‘stupid little issues’ with Firefox: right clicking in Google Maps still doesn’t bring up the Google Maps context menu, you still have to Ctrl-Click.

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  6. I got the Intel Mac mini with a gig of RAM. Previously I’m running OS X 10.5.3 and I’ve been having a memory leak issue every time when running Firefox 3.0, which freeze up the whole system and had to hit the power button at the back to reboot.

    Now I updated my system to OS X 10.5.5 and installed Firefox 3.0.3, and guess what? After launching Firefox, same thing happened. The system is still freeze..
    I looked at Activity Monitor, first I had 3 quarters of free RAM, after launching Firefox 3 and starting to load any web page, the entire free RAM just disappears, thus, freezes the system.

    I have also disabled ipv6 DNS look up, but this doesn’t seem to fix it. Is there any work around this problem? Thx.

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  7. Firefox 3.0 still slows down to a crawl. The memory leaks or whatever are a royal pain. When I open up maybe a half dozen tabs, it starts to slow down, and practically locks up. I use it on all 3 of my Macs, and hope they come up with a solution. I am running only a few apps like DownloadHelper and FireFTP as well as DownThenAll, but rarely use them.

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