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.

#42 Re: Except can't report bugs against latest milest

by asa <>

Friday February 6th, 2004 10:35 PM

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"Except the guidelines also say don't report bugs against the latest milestone build. Most people who find a reproducible bug in a milestone build don't have enough money to buy a dedicated computer just for installing the latest nightly so that he or she can report it in Bugzilla."

Then I guess we'll have to do without that bug report. It's not like we've got a major shortage of bug reporters and reports. If a potential bug reporter isn't comfortable taking the risk of using nightly builds then he can just not report it.

Look, we've had maybe 3 or 4 crirical dataloss bugs, almost all of them Mozilla data, in the 5+ years that I've been using nightly builds. We've been cranking out two rounds of builds a day for several of those years. By my math it works out to between 1/10th and 2/10ths of 1% of our builds that have had major problems. If you or anyone else isn't comfortable with that risk then don't download a nightly build. No one's holding a gun to your head.