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Mozilla previews new feature to guard against Flash crashes
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 19:00

From ARS Technica

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch claims that the company's ubiquitous Flash plug-in doesn't ship with any known crash bugs.

One can only assume that he has never used the software. As Adobe representatives exhibit an increasingly dismissive attitude about Flash's technical deficiencies, the browser vendors have stepped up to address the problems and are finding ways to insulate their users from Flash's poor security and lack of stability.

Several mainstream browsers isolate Flash and other plug-ins in separate processes in order to prevent an unstable plug-in from crashing the entire browser. Mozilla is preparing to introduce a similar feature in the next version of Firefox. A developer preview that was recently made available to users offers an early look at the new plugin crash protection.

It's part of a broader Mozilla project called Electrolysis that seeks to eventually bring full support for multiprocess browsing to Firefox. Electrolysis will make it possible for a browser crash to be isolated to a tab or group of tabs rather than affecting the entire browser. Similar functionality is already available in Internet Explorer and Chrome. Although Mozilla has already taken major steps towards implementing holistic multiprocess browsing, the plugin isolation is the only part that will land in the next release.   [More...] [Comments...]



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