Mozilla Patches Thunderbird, Ends Development On Mozilla Suite
As the company issued fixes for various products, it said version 1.7.13 of its Mozilla browser suite would be its last, putting an end to a 12-year browser line that went back to the original Netscape.
Mozilla Corp. late Friday unveiled security fixes for its Thunderbird e-mail client to match patches rolled out for the Firefox browser a week before.
At the same time, the Mountain View, Calif. company also patched the Mozillabrowser suite, then said the 1.7.13 version was the last it would produce, putting an end to Mozilla's development of an Internet suite that traces its roots back a dozen years to the original Netscape.
Thunderbird 126.96.36.199 repairs 15 vulnerabilities, two marked "critical" by Mozilla, one of which was also patched in Firefox 188.8.131.52 on April 14. An older edition of Thunderbird, version 1.0.8, was also patched to plug 17 security holes.
Mozilla also updated its same-named suite, which includes a browser, e-mail client, newsgroup reader, IRC client, and HTML editor, to version 1.7.13 by fixing 20 flaws, 12 of them critical.
Version 1.7.13 of the suite will be the final version from Mozilla, as per its "sunset" announcement a week ago when it said it would close the books on Mozilla, Firefox 1.0.x, and Thunderbird 1.0.x.
The end of the Mozilla suite puts a bookmark on the longest-running Internet suite, one that traces its genealogy to 1994, when Netscape Navigator was first released in beta (under the name Mosaic), through
1996-97's Netscape Communicator suite, and into the 1998 decision to take Netscape open-source.
However, while Mozilla Corp. is ending development of the suite, an independent open-source group, dubbed "SeaMonkey," continues to work on an Internet application suite. SeaMonkey released its latest version, 1.0.1, on April 13.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.