Mozilla 1.7 Beta Released

Thursday March 18th, 2004

The Mozilla Foundation today released Mozilla 1.7 Beta, the latest test version of the Mozilla Application Suite. 1.7b features hundreds of improvements, including a new preference to stop sites blocking the standard page context menu and a Password Manager option to show the actual saved passwords. The cookie handling user interface has also been redesigned and the 'Set As Wallpaper' feature now has a confirmation dialogue, preventing accidental wallpaper changes. Standards compliance continues to improve, with Mozilla now understanding the CSS3 opacity property and a long-standing bug with CSS backgrounds in tables resolved. In addition, using XMLHttpRequest and the multipart/x-mixed-replace MIME type, servers can now push XML documents to Mozilla.

Mail & Newsgroups sports several new features in 1.7b, including support for the IMAP IDLE command, which allows the mail server to inform Mozilla of changes such as new messages, and support for Secure Password Authentication using SSPI NTLM for POP3 and SMTP. Performance when downloading, viewing and saving messages has also been improved and the Address Book Palm synchronisation feature has been improved.

The installer releases of Mozilla 1.7 Beta now include Quality Feedback Agent again, allowing users to report crashes, and the Linux GTK2 builds have improved support for OS themes. Compared to Mozilla 1.6, 1.7b is 7% faster to start up, 8% faster to open new windows and 9% faster to load pages. And it does all this while being 5% smaller.

For more details about 1.7b, see the Mozilla 1.7 Beta Release Notes. Download a build from the Mozilla Releases page or the mozilla1.7b directory on

#23 Re: Worm is infecting without attachment

by Zeron

Friday March 19th, 2004 10:02 AM

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QUOTED FROM CIO TODAY >> Bagle exploits a flaw in Outlook, revealed in October of 2003, that allows a hacker to upload and execute a file on a user's PC without that user opening the file. Microsoft has issued a patch for the flaw in October, but users who have not updated their systems with this patch are at risk.

"This steps up the game," Sophos security analyst Chris Belthoff told NewsFactor. "The education part of protecting against viruses -- 'Don't click open attachments' -- got thrown out the window with these variants." <<

First off, the virus exploits Outlook only. Second, the hole it exploits had a patch released Oct. 2003. Third, this guy is an idiot. He believe that the "education part of protection against viruses" got thrown out the window. I think it's really a matter of making sure you're not being stupid and just updating your system. An even better resolution if you don't want to deal with the updates is to just not use the Outlook client, and opt for something else.

Typical media hype.