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.

#26 Re: Re: um, fixed?

by asa <>

Friday February 6th, 2004 3:12 PM

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"Morphing that bug was a dumb idea - given that end-users are taking their information from it."

Bugzilla is not an end-user database and nightly builds are not end-user products. End users shouldn't be taking anything from Bugzilla and shouldn't care what goes on there.

The builds that were broken were labeled as broken and mozillazine ran a story noting the broken builds. I submitted a request to mozillazine that they update the story noting that the fix had gone in before the story ran. That update has been added to the story.

Nightly builds _MAY_FORMAT_YOUR_HARD_DRIVE_AND_MELT_YOUR_COMPUTER_ They'll probably kill some babies too. Use at your own risk.