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Netscape Wins the Bug of the Month

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The Bug of the Month for June 2005 was posted as the Bug of the Day on May 21.

AOL has released Netscape 8.0, which is a combination of both the Mozilla Firefox and the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. They almost immediately then released the 8.01 update to incorporate the security fixes in the Mozilla Firefox 1.04 release. (Most of the security bulletins that you find at the Netscape Security Center at http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/security/alerts.jsp are actually links to Mozilla security bulletins.) Some of the security in the Netscape browser is based on a Trust Rating System, explained at http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/security/default.jsp. (Can’t say that the security zone model has worked well for MSIE.)

Why this one? If nothing else, for the sheer ineptness of the AOL developers, who seemed to be clueless about what had been fixed in Mozilla Firefox. The blamed the oversight on a "consultant"; maybe if they had a subscription to the BugBlog, they would have known about Firefox 1.04. The other reason for picking this bug, was that there was an additional problem less than a week later.

A new bug has surfaced in the newly-released AOL Netscape 8. It appears that installing Netscape 8 will cause some problems with Microsoft Internet Explorer on pages that call for XML rendering. Apparently, Netscape edits IE’s portion of the Registry for its own use, which causes the problem. Microsoft has suggested a remedy for this — uninstall Netscape and then make some edits to your Registry. This fix hasn’t shown up yet in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, but is in the semi-official IEBlog that is run by the Microsoft Internet Explorer developers at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/05/25/421763.aspx. AOL says you don’t have to uninstall — just wait for their fix.

I just checked, and it doesn’t look like they’ve released the fix yet, for they are still offering Netscape 8.01.

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