Firefox on Tuesday announced the roll out of version 58 for it’s the new Firefox Quantum browser. The updated desktop browser brings new features such as an improved graphics engine for better web access. The Firefox Quantum browser on Android will get improved bookmarking for webpages, and support for Google’s Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Firefox is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. The last update to the iOS version was back in November.
So What’s new?
Mozilla is also promoting a refreshed Tracking Protection feature. It arrived two years ago in Private Mode but Firefox 57 allowed users to enable the privacy feature at all times. Mozilla says tests show that enabling it all the time actually speeds up page loads. It’s also available on Firefox for iOS and Android.
Firefox on Android also adds support for Google’s Progressive Web Apps (PWA). A PWA is a specific kind of website that appears as a mobile app on smartphones. PWA-compatible webpages will display a house-shaped button on the address bar. Users can tap on this button to create a shortcut on the home screen; a guide can be seen here. It also offers support for FLAC, ability to change the status bar colour in themes, and various security fixes.
Solves all the bugs?
One of the critical bugs can surface during a WebRTC connection to systems that use DTMF or Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency signals. DTMF signals were used in “touch tone” phones to have different tones represent buttons on a keypad. In the context of WebRTC, computers can use DTMF when sending a command to a teleconferencing system. The bug results in a potentially exploitable crash.
Mozilla developers also found a group of memory safety bugs in Firefox 57 that appeared to be a memory corruption issue that could, with some effort, be exploited to run arbitrary code.
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