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.

#40 Re: Dedicated computer?

by asa <>

Friday February 6th, 2004 10:04 PM

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I recommend testing Mozilla however you feel comfortable testing it. I test every day on my personal and work computers. I also back up my most important data regularly and I know that any day Mozilla could wipe it. Truth is, however, that I've had more massive and critical failures from my hard drives going bad (three in three years) than I've had from Mozilla nightly builds (only one major dataloss in 4 years). Backing up data is just good practice, especially if you're using a lot of in-development software.