New from Mozilla: Thunderbird 2.0 Update, Mike Beltzner Showcases Firefox 3.5 New Features
Article by George Norman
On 23 Jun 2009
The Mozilla Foundation has released an update for Thunderbird, its free, open source, cross-platform email and news client, update that is meant to address a handful of security issues. Thunderbird is a security update, just like Thunderbird before it, meaning that it only plugs some security vulnerabilities affecting the software, it does not bring any new features to the table. You are well advised to update Thunderbird if you have it installed on your machine and stay protected (especially if you are a guy).

Firefox Launch Coordinator, Samuel Sidler, comments: As part of Mozilla’s ongoing security and stability update process, Thunderbird is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download. We strongly recommend that all Thunderbird users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have Thunderbird 2.0.0.x, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Help menu.”


Unlike version, Thunderbird does not address any critical vulnerability – there are two “low” ones, four “moderate” ones and one “high” vulnerability. This last vulnerability, the one that has been given the high security rating, refers to the fact that Thunderbird will crash when viewing multipart/alternative message with text/enhanced part. A complete list of all the security holes that Thunderbird addresses is available here.

There is one other offering from the Mozilla Foundation that you might be interested in: a video has been posted online and it stars Director of Firefox Development, Mike Beltzner. In this video Mike Beltzner presents all the new features you can expect to get from Firefox 3.5 which is reportedly going to be released as a final and stable version by the end of June.

If you would like to get Thunderbird, a download location is available here.
If you would like to watch the Firefox 3.5 presentation by Mike Beltzner, you can do so here (no need for additional plugins if you have Firefox 3.5 RC installed).

Tags: Mozilla, Thunderbird, Firefox 3.5, Mike Beltzner
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