Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mozilla Firefox Version 50.0 Released With an Abundance of Security Updates

FirefoxMozilla sent Firefox Version 50.0 to the release channel today.  The update includes a very large set of security fixes, comprising three (3) Critical, twelve (12) High, ten (10) Moderate and (2) low security updates.  Also included in the release are new, fixed and changes.

The next scheduled release is December 13, 2016 (5 week cycle with release for critical fixes as needed).

Firefox ESR will continue to ship point releases on the same day that Firefox ships and can be downloaded from here. The ESR version was updated to 45.5.0.

Security Fixes:





Firefox Version 50 New, Fixed & Changed:


  • Updates to keyboard shortcuts
    • Set a preference to have Ctrl+Tab cycle through tabs in recently used order
    • View a page in Reader Mode by using Ctrl+Alt+R (command+alt+r on Mac)
  • Added option to Find in page that allows users to limit search to whole words only
  • Added Guarani (gn) locale
  • Increased availability of WebGL to more than 98 percent of users on Windows 7 and newer
  • Added download protection for a large number of executable file types on Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Improved performance for SDK extensions or extensions using the SDK module loader
  • Playback video on more sites without plugins with WebM EME Support for Widevine on Windows and Mac


  • Fixed rendering of dashed and dotted borders with rounded corners (border-radius)


  • Added a built-in Emoji set for operating systems without native Emoji fonts (Windows 8.0 and lower and Linux)
  • Blocked versions of libavcodec older than 54.35.1


    To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu at the upper left of the browser window, then pick "About Firefox."  Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.


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