Firefox 97 has already been released and these are its news

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The new version of Firefox 97 has already been released along with the Firefox 91.6.0 long-term branch update. and this newly released version of the browser highlights that the 18 seasonal Colorway color themes offered in Firefox 94 and implemented as a built-in add-on for a limited time have expired.

Users who intend to continue using Colorway themes can enable them in the addons manager (about:addons).

On the other hand, regarding the builds for the platform Linux, removed the ability to generate a PostScript document to print (the ability to print to PostScript printers and save to PDF remains), plus fixed compilation issues with Wayland 1.20 libraries and fixed an issue where pinch-to-zoom would stop working on touch screens after moving a tab to another window.

Also on the page about:processes Linux CPU load accuracy has been improved and resolved a display issue with sharp corners for windows in some user environments, such as Elementary OS 6.

In Windows 11, support for a new scroll bar style was added, while for the macOS platform, system font loading was improved, which in some situations made it possible to open and switch to a new tab faster.

In the version for the platform Android, the selection in the history of visits to recently opened sites is implemented, as well as an improved display of images for recently added bookmarks on the home page. On the Android 12 platform, the issue of pasting links from the clipboard has been resolved.

While for the part of the novelties for developers the following stand out:

  • Added support for the @scroll-timeline CSS rule and the animation-timeline CSS property, which allow animation timelines in the AnimationTimeline API to be bound to content scroll progress rather than time in minutes or seconds.
  • Changed the name of the color adjustment CSS property to print-color-adjust as required by the specification.
  • CSS has support for cascading layers by default, defined with the @layer rule and imported with the @import CSS rule using the layer() function.
  • Added the scrollbar-gutter CSS property to control how much screen space is reserved for the scrollbar.

In addition to innovations and bug fixes, Firefox 97 fixes 42 vulnerabilities, of which 34 are marked as dangerous.

33 vulnerabilities (5 under CVE-2022-22764 and 29 under CVE-2022-0511) are caused by memory issues, such as buffer overflows and access to already freed memory areas. These issues can potentially lead to the execution of malicious code when specially crafted pages are opened.

The new version also fixes a dangerous issue (CVE-2022-22753) which appears only on the Windows platform and allows to execute code with SYSTEM privileges and gain the ability to write to any system directory through manipulations with the update installation service. Additionally, you may notice vulnerability CVE-2022-22754, which allows plugins to bypass authorization checks.

Finally If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can learn more about it in the following link

How to install the new version of Firefox 97 on Linux?

Ubuntu users, Linux Mint or some other derivative of Ubuntu, They can install or update to this new version with the help of the browser's PPA.

This can be added to the system by opening a terminal and executing the following command in it:

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

Done this now they just have to install with:

sudo apt install firefox

For Arch Linux users and derivatives, just run in a terminal:

sudo pacman -S firefox

Now for those who are Fedora users or any other distribution derived from it:

sudo dnf install firefox

Finally if they are openSUSE usersThey can rely on community repositories, from which they can add Mozilla's to their system.

This can be done with a terminal and in it by typing:

su -
zypper ar -f mozilla
zypper ref
zypper dup --from mozilla

For, all other Linux distributions can download the binary packages from the following link.  

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