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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 mozilla.org 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.


#7 provide a "certification" system

by an_mo

Thursday February 5th, 2004 11:59 AM

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Why do extensions have to be deleted anyway? Any new browsers should load only "certified" extensions, or prompt for extensions upgrade upon installation. If you choose not to upgrade extensions, they won't be loaded. If you do choose to upgrade, each mozdev subsite site will check that the version is compatible and "certify" it. If it is incompatible, prompt for a new extension istallation.