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Firefox 17 - Ten things you need to know

A brief look at what’s new in Mozilla’s Firefox 17 browser

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With Mozilla now on a six-week rapid release schedule, it might be difficult to keep track of all the changes happening with Firefox. So, here’s a brief look at what’s new in Mozilla’s latest browser.


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URL vulnerability in Version 16 fixed

Soon after Mozilla officially released the stable of Firefox 16, a bug was discovered by some users that could allow a malicious site to determine the URLs a user has visited and gain access to them. Mozilla decided to remove Firefox 16 from distribution on their site as they worked on a fix. Upon which, Firefox was re-released with an incremental number increase to 16.01.


  • Social API
  • Click-to-play plugin blocker
  • Developer Toolbar
  • Reader Mode (Firefox for Android)
  • Share tabs from Firefox for Android
  • VoiceOver switched on by default (Firefox for OS X)
  • Initial support for web apps
  • Improved stability with CyanogenMod 10 (Firefox for Android)
  • Malicious URLs stopped (Firefox for Android)
  • URL vulnerability in Version 16 fixed


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