QuickTime 7.6.8 Released

September 15, 2010

Apple has released a new version, 7.6.8, of its QuickTime media player.  This update applies only to the Windows platform, and contains fixes for two serious security vulnerabilities.  More information about the fixes is available in Apple’s security advisory.  You can get the new version using Apple’s software update service, often installed with QuickTime, or you can download it here.

The QuickTime player is widely installed, both as a stand-alone application, and as a browser plug-in.  Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that Windows users install it as soon as they can.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6.10

September 15, 2010

The folks at Mozilla have released a new version, 3.6.10, of the Firefox browser for all platforms (Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X).  This is described as a stability update that, according to the Release Notes, fixes “a single stability issue affecting a limited number of users”.   Given that this release doesn’t include any security fixes, you don’t have to rush to install it — unless, of course, you are one of the “limited number of users”.   (It is a good general policy to keep your software installations up to date, though.)

You can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism (main menu: Help / Check for Updates); you can also download a complete installation package (which will also update an existing installation) from the download page.

Update Friday, 17 September, 11:13 EDT

I’ve found a little more information on this update.  Firefox 3.6.9 fixed several security vulnerabilities; one of the fixes unfortunately introduced a bug that caused instability in certain configurations.  This version, 3.6.10, fixes that regression.

Another Chrome Browser Update

September 15, 2010

Just a week after releasing its last update to the Chrome browser, Google has released another new version, 6.0.472.59, for all platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux), in the Stable and Beta channels.   A corresponding release is also available for the Chrome Frame (plugin for Internet Explorer) beta.  This release incorporates fixes for 10 security vulnerabilities, although some of these affect only a single platform.  Further information on the fixes is available in the release announcement on the official Google Chrome Releases blog.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you upgrade to it as soon as you can.  You can obtain the new version via the built-in update mechanism ( Menu / About Google Chrome ); if you are using Linux, it should be available via your standard package management tool.

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