It’s now available as a new API in Firefox. Mozilla gets social with Firefox 17, launched with click-to-play plugin bocks for old Adobe Reader, Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight. This new version of web browser can be grabbed from on the organization’s FTP servers, it has now also been released over Firefox.com.
The Firefox for Android version 17 also made available. Mozilla has officially launched Firefox 17 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux brings a new release almost every month and following the October release of Firefox 16 and the subsequent Firefox 17 beta, the latest version has wrapped off from beta stage and is ready to rock. Available on the official download page, those eager to get the update as soon as possible can grab it right now via 17 Mozilla’s FTP servers – download details can be checked at the bottom of the page.
Mozilla Foundation has been working hard in switching to a more frequent release cycle which has come under pressure from Google’s smooth Chrome browser, has continued rolling out the improvements every six or so weeks. Now up to version 17 – Firefox has integrated most apps except, perhaps, Chrome – it brings a couple of interesting features with it, although most of the changes are under covered performance enhancements. One of the best key entries unboxed – atleast from security perspective, is the click-to-play blocklisting, which stops vulnerable plugin versions from running without due permissions of the user.
Especially for those running on Mountain Lion, still got support for Notification Center, and with a twenty bug fixes in total, and now it looks like Mozilla is clear and fresh about getting things down to a water-tight level. Sandboxing of iframes, the next most important thing is that support for OS X 10.5 Leopard has been dropped.
As such, click-to-play blocklisted plugins consist of a list of plugins that Mozilla deems unsafe for its Firefox users. The prompt tells you that the plugin is vulnerable and thus Firefox has stopped it from loading automatically. For example: if any update is available, you’ll be prompted to update the plugin, either way, you will still be able to use it, if you want to, by clicking on the blocked grey box on the top. In addition to that, if plugins are blocked on the currently-viewed Web page, Mozilla will feature a blue icon to the left of the address bar for more information.
Obviously the aforementioned feature is enabled by default, you can also set it to work for all plugins, not only the older ones. In order to do that, type in about: config preference “plugins.click_to_play” (set it to true). Though, this isn’t the only purpose of plugin manage ment system, but it should still be useful as a prevention mechanisim against drive-by attacks targeting plugins that are known to be vulnerable.
Other Firefox 17 features worth noting; here’s the official changelog:
- NEW: Click-to-play blocklisting implemented to prevent vulnerable plugin versions from running without the user’s permission.
- CHANGED: Updated Awesome Bar experience with larger icons.
- CHANGED: Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
- DEVELOPER: SVG FillPaint and StrokePaint implemented.
- DEVELOPER: Improvements that make the Web Console, Debugger and Developer Toolbar faster and easier to use.
- DEVELOPER: New Markup panel in the Page Inspector allows easy editing of the DOM.
- HTML5: Sandbox attribute for iframes implemented, enabling increased security.
- FIXED: Over twenty performance improvements, including fixes around the New Tab page.
- FIXED: Pointer lock doesn’t work in web apps (769150).
- FIXED: Page scrolling on sites with fixed headers (780345).
This release introduces Firefox’s new Social API with a preview of the first social integration with Facebook Messenger for Firefox. The purpose of this API is it allows social services like Facebook, Twitter, blog networks or even news sites to easily add persistent social sidebars, toolbar notifications and chats to the browser, no matter what sites you are looking at.
Just head over to the Facebook Messenger for Firefox page after you have updated to the latest version of Firefox and look for the green ‘Turn On’ button. Once enabled, you will get to see the new social sidebar with your Facebook chat and updates, comments and photo tags. Firefox will now also show a few new Facebook Messenger buttons in its toolbar.
You can now download Firefox 17 rolling out for your OS by pointing your browser to. While the Firefox 17.9 version should arrive at some point later today, it reboots turn out to be accurate. If you’ve already an earlier version of Firefox installed then this update will be pushed to you over the air. Compete against Windows 8 driven PCs Internet Explorer 10 and of course with the Google Chrome Browser as well. We got to see if the latest update to Firefox makes me want to switch over.