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.

#44 Re: [nt] want your favorites--mozilla 1.5a and abo

by asa <>

Friday February 6th, 2004 10:42 PM

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

There are plenty of other parts of Mozilla that could cause major dataloss. This probably wouldn't make testers appreciably safer and it would mean that we'd be that much more likely to ship a dangerous installer in a milestone release that goes out to orders of magnitude more people. Doesn't seem like a good idea to me.