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.

#36 [nt] want your favorites--mozilla 1.5a and above.

by smkatz

Friday February 6th, 2004 5:27 PM

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Only XP-aware applications really work well under non-administrator accounts. what's worse xp allows you to have multiple administrator accounts so that Sam and Administrator (two seperate accounts) are both actually administrator. XP made me set it up that way during setup.

Windows works better that way.. why? Because classic applications demand root access.. and could crash if not given it. They place their files in places a user could not access.

How about not using installers for nightly builds? That way, only people who can unzip to a seperate, clean directory can get them.

I never "install" a Firebird nightly. I've always known that the installer could contain additional bugs--write bugs that could mess up the operation of my computer or the integrity of my data.