Mozilla patched 31 vulnerabilities in Firefox to bring us Firefox 15. A large proportion of the vulnerabilities were “critical”. An interesting “moderate” vulnerability detailed in MFSA 2012-67 details how the “Installer will launch incorrect executable following new installation”, running the program with the user’s privileges. Incidentally, nearly half of all the 31 security bugs patched were brought to light thanks to “Inferno” from the Google Chrome Security Team.
A sister post by the Mozilla team at Hacks.Mozilla.Org accompanies the Firefox 15 release. In a post entitled Mozilla and Games: Pushing the Limits of What’s Possible, Martin Best details all the gaming improvements and says “We are focused on making Firefox the best game development platform possible”. To demonstrate his point and show “progress in action” Mozilla have developed the oddly named Bananabread FPS game which Mr Best says “surpassed our highest expectations”. Click that link to go to a page allowing you to launch the game, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you have updated to Firefox 15 first.
The focus of improvements in the second half of 2012 is going to be Firefox for Android and for the Firefox OS, according to the Mozilla Hacks blog. HTML5 gaming will be enhanced across all platforms following these new major performance improvements.
I’ve not tried Bananabread yet on my just-updated Firefox 15 install, so excuse me while I go and machinegun some alien warriors for a short while.