Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mozilla Firefox Version 56.0 Released with Security Updates

FirefoxMozilla sent Firefox Version 56.0 to the release channel today.  The update includes two (2) Critical, six (6) High, seven (7) Moderate and two (2) Low security updates.  Firefox ESR was updated to version 52.4.0.

Important Notes:  
  1. Although version 56 is scheduled to "silently and forcibly auto-upgrade" users running the 32-bit version of Firefox on 64-bit computers with more than 2GB of RAM to the 64-bit version, it was not updated to the 64-bit version on my machine. 
  2.  Users of Lenovo's "OneKey Theater" software for IdeaPad laptops and users running Firefox for Windows over a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) are advised to check the unresolved issues below.
  3. Version 56 makes Firefox Screenshots and Send Tabs available to all users.
  4. See the following regarding add-ons starting in Firefox 57:  Firefox add-on technology is modernizing 

Security Fixes:

  • Launched Firefox Screenshots, a feature that lets users take, save, and share screenshots without leaving the browser
  • Added support for address form autofill (en-US only)
  • Updated Preferences
    • Added search tool so users can find a specific setting quickly
    • Reorganized preferences so users can more easily scan settings
    • Rewrote descriptions so users can better understand choices and how they affect browsing
    • Revised data collection choices so they align with updated Privacy Notice and data collection strategy
  • Media opened in a background tab will not play until the tab is selected
  • Improved Send Tabs feature of Sync for iOS and Android, and Send Tabs can be discovered even by users without a Firefox Account


  • Replaced character encoding converters with a new Encoding Standard-compliant implementation written in Rust
  • Added hardware acceleration for AES-GCM
  • Updated the Safe Browsing protocol to version 4
  • Reduced update download file size by approximately 20 percent
  • Improved security for verifying update downloads


  • Startup crash with RelevantKnowledge adware installed. Firefox Support has helpful instructions to remove it.
  • Startup crashes with 64-bit Firefox on Windows 7, for users of Lenovo's "OneKey Theater" software for IdeaPad laptops. To fix this crash, please re-install 32-bit Firefox.
  • Users running Firefox for Windows over a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) may find that audio playback is disabled due to increased security restrictions. Learn how to mitigate this issue until it is corrected in an upcoming release


To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, 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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