Dataloss Bug in Latest Windows Installer Builds Can Delete Contents of Program Files Folder

Thursday February 5th, 2004

A serious bug in the latest Windows installer builds of the Mozilla Application Suite can lead to users having the entire contents of their Program Files folder deleted. The problem is present in the 2004-02-03-18 and later trunk Windows installer and net installer builds. The affected binaries have had the suffix -dangerous added to their filenames and been removed from the latest-trunk and latest directories on the FTP site. Testers are strongly advised not to download these dangerous builds. The issue is being tracked in bug 233014 (please do not add unnecessary comments to this bug). Thanks to Zbigniew Braniecki for alerting us to this problem.

Update: The bug is now fixed and latest Windows installer and net installer builds do not exhibit the problem.

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by guanxi

Friday February 6th, 2004 7:22 AM

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Do we need a system to handle emergencies faster? The bug was fixed quickly (thanks to whomever patched it), but I'm concerned about containing damage:

According to the bug, and perhaps something was done but not reported in the bug, it took 17 hours to contain the damage. That's 17 hours of people downloading builds and suffering dataloss.

bug reported: 2004-02-03 19:52 PST action taken to contain damage: 2004-02-04 12:50 PST:

<http://bugzilla.mozilla.o…how_bug.cgi?id=233014#c26> I renamed the builds in 2004-02-03-18-trunk and 2004-02-04-12-trunk by adding -dangerous to the end of the filename, and removed them from latest/latest-trunk.