Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite Upgrades Released
Wednesday August 4th, 2004
mozilla.org today released minor upgrades to three of its major products. Firefox 0.9.3, Thunderbird 0.7.3 and Mozilla 1.7.2 are all now available. These three new releases were created to correct 4 possible security vulnerabilities in past versions of each product. The Buildbar has links for all three releases.
Wednesday August 4th, 2004 5:17 PM
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Automatic updates do not require push technology. Once a product is installed, it can easily pull updates if designed to do so. That does not require a remote computer have access to the desktop computer.
If Mozilla had a field for "LOOK HERE FOR UPDATE MANIFEST" that defaulted to a HTTPS Mozilla site, and could be customized to point to a corporate server, that would definitely provide centralized patch configuration without requiring backdoor passwords.
Honestly, I have no idea what your resistence is to a patching mechanism. For all the complaints I read about Microsoft being slow to release updates, at least every security update to IE is done with more ease than a complete re-install as is the case with Mozilla and FireFox.