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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 mozilla.org 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.


#27 Re: Response time

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Friday February 6th, 2004 3:16 PM

You are replying to this message

"We make binary versions of Mozilla available for testing purposes only. We write code and post the results right away so people like you can join our testing process, try it out, and report the bugs you find. It's guaranteed that you'll find bugs. Lots of them. Mozilla might crash on startup. It might delete all your files and cause your computer to burst into flames. Don't bother downloading Mozilla if you're unwilling to put up with problems."

Of particular note are the last two sentences there: "It might delete all your files and cause your computer to burst into flames. Don't bother downloading Mozilla if you're unwilling to put up with problems."

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