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.

#29 Re: Food for thought...

by bugs4hj <>

Friday February 6th, 2004 3:21 PM

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This is how I look at it:

There was a simple flaw in the installer that caused this, not your whatever it is OS configuration. True, mozilla shouldn't remove files from directories outside its scope. Also, I do agree that way to many people use their root/administrator accounts for day to day use. This is wrong, but so is ...