Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox, 43.0.4, which is just a maintenance release that happens to have an important fix for the Linux platform.
Mozilla doesn’t usually release so many maintenance versions in such a short time, but it looks like they had quite a few problems to fix.
The Firefox 43.x branch was a big update, but it also brought some issues that needed to be fixed. The good news is that the Firefox developers seem to have worked through the holidays to repair them.
Most of the time, these small Firefox updates usually just land with security fixes, but the last couple also repaired some features that have been reported as broken by the community.
There wasn’t anything major, but it did fit into the “annoying” category. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any security updates, just that they are not the focus.
Firefox 43.0.4 has arrived
The latest branch of Firefox was released mid-December, and it was sort of a disappointment. After the Linux users got all excited about the fact that Firefox will finally ship with default GTK3 support, it landed without. There is a workaround, but that’s not the point.
In any case, Linux users also noticed that the application didn’t create download folders properly, which can be a problem in some case. According to the changelog posted today, multi-user GNU/Linux download folders can be created, which means that two different users can now download the same file on the same computer.
Also, the SHA-1 certificates have been re-enabled after they were ditched in a previous release. It turns out that phasing out SHA-1 certificates starting with January 1 wasn’t a good idea.