Author Archive: Vygantas

Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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Firefox 2.0.0.10 Is Here

By | November 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

Firefox 2.0.0.10Firefox 2.0.0.10 is now released and fixes a total of 3 security vulnerabilities.

  • MFSA 2007-39 – Referer-spoofing via window.location race condition
  • Gregory Fleischer demonstrated that it was possible to generate a fake HTTP Referer header by exploiting a timing condition when setting the window.location property. This could be used to conduct a Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF) attack against websites that rely only on the Referer header as protection against such attacks… Read more

  • MFSA 2007-38 – Memory corruption vulnerabilities (rv:1.8.1.10)
  • MFSA 2007-37 – jar: URI scheme XSS hazard
  • The jar: URI scheme was introduced as a mechanism to support digitally signed web pages, enabling web sites to load pages packaged in zip archives containing signatures in java-archive format.
    Jesse Ruderman and Petko D. Petkov point out this means that sites that allow users to upload binary content in zip format are effectively allowing users to install web pages on their site, and these can be used to perform Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks… Read more

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    Opera Mini 4 Hits One Million Downloads in 10 Days

    By | November 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

    It looks like Opera Mini 4 release was really successful. This mobile web browser, which was released just about two weeks ago already reached one million downloads in a 10 days period.

    Download Opera Mini 4

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    Opera Mobile Wins Mobile Web Browser Awards

    By | November 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

    OperaCongratulations to the whole Opera Software team who’ve won an award in Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine in the following category:

    Pocket PC: Internet: Browsers and Web Utilities.

    Finalists: Opera Mini, ThunderHawk
    Winner: Opera Mobile

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    SpreadFirefox.com (Spread Firefox) Gets a Face Lift

    By | November 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

    More news about web pages design. Seems both, Mozilla and Opera are preparing for their new web browsers launch.

    If you haven’t seen yet; check the brand new SpreadFirefox.com web page design. Looks cool, doesn’t it?

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    First Look at New Firefox Product Page Design

    By | November 21, 2007 | 2 Comments

    With the upcoming Firefox 3 release, Mozilla team is currently working on a new Mozilla.org web page look. Its landing page should be finished somewhere in December, as for now, here’s a first look to Firefox product page on which they are still working.

    Current one

    New one (not finished yet)
    Mozilla.org v2
    Click on the Picture to Enlarge.

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    Camino Now Accepting Donations

    By | November 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Camino Web BrowserCamino web browser development team recently announced that from now they will be accepting donations. And here’s the most interesting part of it:

    Through the end of the year the Mozilla Foundation will match 2 to 1 every dollar donated (up to $10,000). Donating now makes your dollar go three times as far as it normally would.

    What is Camino?

    Camino is an open-source web browser developed by an all-volunteer team. While most web browsers are funded through search revenues, Camino is supported by volunteer efforts, gifts of kindness from contributors, and donations from users.

    Donate to Camino.
    Camino Web Browser Home Page

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    Opera 9.5 Beta, Weekly Build

    By | November 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera 9.5 BetaEveryone is working on their web browsers (weapons) in order to win web browsers war. Opera team is doing that as well… Recently they have updated us with one more weekly release. By the way, this version supports MathML (read more about it). Let’s go straight to the changelog and check what’s new in it.

    New features

  • Added MathML support
  • Added support for the XSLT document() function
  • New and improved mail authentication dialog
  • New nice icon for mail whose body isn’t downloaded
  • Bugs fixed

  • Fixed a bad crasher that occurred on a lot of sites when closing a tab
  • Again possible to open directories directly without file://localhost/ in front
  • Fixes to pre and code font sizes
  • Fixed top links in gmail
  • Fit to width now works even if the window is larger than 1600px
  • getters and setters are now prototypable in node interfaces
  • getSeconds() no longer returns -1

  • Hovering input/radio buttons on websites now shows the normal cursor again
  • Several Opera Link bugs squashed
  • A bunch of XPATH fixes
  • A bunch of XSLT fixes
  • Mac specific

  • Moved close button on tabs to the left hand side
  • UNIX specific

  • It is now possible to choose what open/save dialog type to use. Configure here 0=auto, 1=QT, 2=GTK.
  • Known issues

  • UNIX: Speed dial config dialog has an ugly shadow
  • UNIX: Dragging images turns them grey
  • UNIX: Can’t connect to IRC
  • UNIX: Downloading torrents can exhaust memory and uses 100% CPU
  • Sometimes crashes on exit
  • Some images don’t load fully
  • Download Opera 9.5 for Windows (Build 9656)
    Download Opera 9.5 for Windows (Classic Installer) (Build 9656)
    Download Opera 9.5 for Macintosh (Build 4544)
    Download Opera 9.5 for UNIX (Build 1669)

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    Firefox 2.0.0.10 Soon to Come

    By | November 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.10While Firefox team is working on Firefox 3, we will receive one more update from Firefox 2 series. While you are waiting for it, feel free to download Firefox 2.0.0.10 RC (not final) release from here and try it.

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    Firefox 3 Beta 1 Released

    By | November 20, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Firefox 3 Beta 1It’s finally here, the long awaited Firefox 3 Beta release from Mozilla’s Firefox team. Firefox 3 Beta 1 introduces some new features such as malware protection, auto add-ons or plugins versions checks for easy update as well as lots of improvements like new download manager or plugins management. What you should also expect from this, Firefox 3 Beta 1 release is performance. As it says in release notes, more than 300 individual memory leaks have been plugged. One of the facts in their release notes page really makes a god impression. Here it is:

    Firefox 3 Beta 1 is based on the new Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 27 months and includes nearly 2 million lines of code changes, fixing more than 11,000 issues.

    That just sounds nice.

    Enough of chit chat, let’s see the changelog in full.

    More Security

  • One click site info: Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site. Identity verification is prominently displayed and easier to understand. In later versions, Extended Validation SSL certificate information will be displayed.
  • Malware Protection: malware protection warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware. You can test it here (note: our blacklist of malware sites is not yet activated).
  • New Web Forgery Protection page: the content of pages suspected as web forgeries is no longer shown. You can test it here.
  • New SSL error pages: clearer and stricter error pages are used when Firefox encounters an invalid SSL certificate.
  • Add-ons and Plugin version check: Firefox now automatically checks add-on and plugin versions and will disable older, insecure versions.
  • Secure add-on updates: to improve add-on update security, add-ons that provide updates in an insecure manner will be disabled.
  • Anti-virus integration: Firefox will inform anti-virus software when downloading executables.
  • Vista Parental Controls: Firefox now respects the Vista system-wide parental control setting for disabling file downloads.
  • Easier to Use

  • Easier password management: an information bar replaces the old password dialog so you can now save passwords after a successful login.
  • Simplified add-on installation: the add-ons whitelist has been removed making it possible to install extensions from third-party sites in fewer clicks.
  • New Download Manager: the revised download manager makes it much easier to locate downloaded files.
  • Resumable downloading: users can now resume downloads after restarting the browser or resetting your network connection.
  • Full page zoom: from the View menu and via keyboard shortcuts, the new zooming feature lets you zoom in and out of entire pages, scaling the layout, text and images.
  • Tab scrolling and quickmenu: tabs are easier to locate with the new tab scrolling and tab quickmenu.
  • Save what you were doing: Firefox will prompt users to save tabs on exit.
  • Optimized Open in Tabs behavior: opening a folder of bookmarks in tabs now appends the new tabs rather than overwriting.
  • Location and Search bar size can now be customized with a simple resizer item.
  • Text selection improvements: Multiple text selections can be made with Ctrl/Cmd; Double-click drag selects in “word-by-word” mode; Triple-clicking selects a paragraph.
  • Find toolbar: the Find toolbar now opens with the current selection.
  • Plugin management: users can disable individual plugins in the Add-on Manager.
  • Integration with Vista: Firefox’s menus now display using Vista’s native theme.
  • Integration with the Mac: Firefox now uses the OS X spellchecker and supports Growl for notifications of completed downloads and available updates.
  • More Personal

  • Star button: quickly add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click; a second click lets you file and tag them.
  • Tags: associate keywords with your bookmarks to sort them by topic.
  • Location bar & auto-complete: type the title or tag of a page in the location bar to quickly find the site you were looking for in your history; favicons, bookmark, and tag indicators help you see where results are coming from.
  • Smart Places Folder: quickly access your recently bookmarked and tagged pages, as well as you more frequently visited pages with the new smart places folder on your bookmark toolbar.
  • Bookmarks and History Organizer: advanced search of your history and bookmarks with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches.
  • Web-based protocol handlers: web applications, such as your favorite webmail provider, can now be used instead of desktop applications for handling mailto: links from other sites. Similar support is available for other protocols (Web applications will have to first enable this by registering as handlers with Firefox).
  • Easy to use Download Actions: a new Applications preferences pane provides a better UI for configuring handlers for various file types and protocol schemes.
  • Improved Platform for Developers

  • New graphics and font handling: new graphics and text rendering architectures in Gecko 1.9 provides rendering improvements in CSS, SVG as well as improved display of fonts with ligatures and complex scripts.
  • Native Web page forms: HTML forms on Web pages now have a native look and feel on Mac OS X and Linux (Gnome) desktops.
  • Color management: (set gfx.color_management.enabled on in about:config and restart the browser to enable.) Firefox can now adjust images with embedded color profiles.
  • Offline support: enables web applications to provide offline functionality (website authors must add support for offline browsing to their site for this feature to be available to users).
  • A more complete overview of Firefox 3 for developers is available for website and add-on developers.
  • Improved Performance

  • Reliability: A user’s bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are now stored in a transactionally secure database format which will prevent data loss even if their system crashes.
  • Speed: Major architectural changes (such as the move to Cairo and a rewrite to how reflowing a page layout works) put foundations in place for major performance tuning which have resulted in speed increases in Beta 1, and will show further gains in future Beta releases.
  • Memory usage: Over 300 individual memory leaks have been plugged, and a new XPCOM cycle collector completely eliminates many more. Developers are continuing to work on optimizing memory use (by releasing cached objects more quickly) and reducing fragmentation.
  • Download Firefox 3 Beta 1.

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    Operation Firefox Doing Really Well

    By | November 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Operation FirefoxI enjoy reading about various contests from Mozilla. They do know how to promote their products, original idea and great prizes to attract as many people as possible.

    One of those contests is “Operation Firefox“.

    After 3200 submissions, 50 Firefox agents were chosen. What they have to do now is to place the giant Firefox stickers in any visible places (where it is allowed) around the world until December 3rd.

    If you have noticed any huge Firefox logos already, take a picture of them (if possible) and send me over, would be more than happy to post them here.

    Isn’t that a great idea?

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