Firefox 127 arrives with support for autostart, closing duplicate tabs and more

Firefox 127

The release of the new version of Firefox 127, version in which a large number of improvements and various new features are presented, among which Support for "Automatic Start" in Windows stands out. With this Firefox can now start automatically when you turn on the computer

Thanks to preloading, the browser will be ready to use instantly without the need to wait for the application to start for the first time. This feature can be enabled in the General/Home settings section or through a notification similar to the invitation to use Firefox as the default browser.

Another novelty that it presents is the “enhanced access protection” on macOS and Windows. Now when it's used The “Autofill” for passwords or when viewing password information in a password manager. These operations will require confirmation of system authentication, such as entering a system password, fingerprint verification, voice or face authentication.

In addition to this, in Firefox 127 the tool screenshot now supports creating screenshots for SVG and XML files, as well as for service pages «about:«. Additionally, the ability to control screenshot creation using keyboard shortcuts, support for design themes, and high contrast mode has been added. Performance has also been improved when saving large areas of the screen.

As well A button has been added to the "V" menu that lists all open tabs. Additionally, the tab context menu now allows you to close all duplicate tabs in the current window.

In the version For Android, support for translating content has been added from one language to another using an in-app translation system, which performs the translation on the user's local system without accessing external cloud services.

As well A new item “Passwords” has been added to the “…” menu, The use of the Enter key on the side numeric keypad of desktop keyboards has been enabled to confirm the URL entered in the address bar and additional optimizations have been included at the build stage, improving the responsiveness of the interface, reducing startup time and extending device battery life.

On the part of the developer improvements in Firefox 127, we can find that for 32-bit systems, the User-Agent header, and JavaScript APIs navigator.platform y navigator.oscpu They will now indicate the x86_64 architecture, in order to reduce the information that could be used to indirectly identify users.

Has been added support for allowed characters in HTML markup for texts that use the WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks Format) format, which is used to organize text output at specific times, such as displaying subtitles.

Now the protocol HTTP is automatically replaced by HTTPS for resources in tags <img>, <audio> y <video> if these tags are on a page opened over HTTPS. If these resources are not available over HTTPS, they will not be displayed on those pages.

Of the Other changes that stand out:

  • Added support for proactively determining host IP addresses without waiting for the user to follow a link or request a resource on the page. Domains that need to be pre-resolved in DNS can be listed using the element <link> with the attribute rel="dns-prefetch".
  •  Plugins whose XPI files are signed using insecure algorithms have been prohibited from installing, with the setting PREF_XPI_WEAK_SIGNATURES_ALLOWED set to false by default.
  • WebRTC now includes support for the DTLS 1.3 protocol, based on TLS 1.3.

In addition to innovations and bug fixes, Firefox 127 has fixed 22 vulnerabilities. Among them, 11 are marked as dangerous, of which 9 are caused by memory problems, such as buffer overflows and access to already freed memory areas.

If you are interested in learning more about it, you can consult the release notes in the following link

How to install Firefox 127 on Linux?

For those who they already use FirefoxSimply They can access the menu to update to the latest version. Firefox users who have not turned off automatic updates will receive the update automatically.

Those who don't want to wait you can select Menu > Help > About Firefox after the official release to initiate a manual web browser update. The screen that opens displays the currently installed version of the browser and checks for updates, provided the functionality is enabled.

Another option to update is for users of Ubuntu, Linux Mint or any other Ubuntu derivative. You can install or update to this new version using the browser's PPA. To add it to the system, open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa -y sudo apt-get update sudo apt install firefox

Another installation method that you can use is “Flatpak”. To do this, they must have support for this type of packages and the browser installation is done by typing the following command in the terminal:

flatpak install flathub org.mozilla.firefox

As for those who already have the browser installed, it is enough to execute the following command to not only update Firefox, but also all its applications that are in Flatpak format:

flatpack update

In the case of those who prefer the use of Snap, the installation of the browser can be done by typing the following command:

sudo snap install firefox

And to update the applications that we have installed in Snap format, just type the following in the terminal:

sudo snap refresh

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