Mozilla ships Firefox 6, patches 10 vulnerabilities

And it fixes flaws in still-supported Firefox 3.6

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Microsoft, whose Internet Explorer (IE) does not support the standard, also jumped on the anti-WebGL bandwagon as it criticized rivals Google and Mozilla for supporting it.

Microsoft, however, did follow past practice by congratulating Mozilla for shipping Firefox 6 and delivering baked goods to its competitor.

"Congrats to Mozilla on shipping Firefox 6!" said Ari Bixhorn, director of IE, on Twitter today. He included a link to a photo of a cupcake Microsoft sent to Mozilla.

Cupcake from Microsoft
Microsoft again tweaked Mozilla for another rapid-release upgrade by sending a cupcake. (Image: Flickr.)

Microsoft switched to cupcakes when Mozilla went to its six-week schedule; earlier, when Mozilla shipped a new version every year or so, Microsoft sent cakes.

Mozilla outlined the vulnerabilities patched in Firefox 3.6 and Firefox 6 in a pair of security advisories that took a different form than has been the company's custom. Rather than publish an advisory for each vulnerability, today Mozilla bundled each editions' collection in one easily digestible document.

As does Google with Chrome bugs, Mozilla locks its Bugzilla change- and bug-tracking database for just-patched problems, preventing the general public -- and presumably hackers -- from gleaning information.

Firefox 6 can also be downloaded manually from Mozilla's site. People running Firefox 4 or Firefox 5 will be offered the upgrade to through the browser's update mechanism, which is triggered when the "About Firefox" dialog is opened.

The next version of Firefox is currently scheduled release on Sept 27.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is

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