Mozilla launches Firefox 96 with enhanced cross-site request forgery protections

Mozilla announced the launch of Firefox 96, it comes with just a handful of new features and several changes but there is nothing particularly revolutionary. Perhaps the most interesting element is the improved security against Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks which allows attackers to perform actions in web applications that the user does not have. ‘intention to achieve.

The new features in this update are as follows:

  • We’ve made significant improvements to noise cancellation and automatic gain control, as well as slight improvements to echo cancellation to give you a better overall experience.
  • We have also significantly reduced the load on the main wire.
  • Firefox will now enforce the cookie policy: Same-Site = lax by default, which provides a strong first line of defense against cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks.

Regarding fixes, Firefox 96 brings the following:

  • On macOS, clicking commands links in Gmail now open them in a new tab as expected.
  • Our latest version fixes an issue where the video intermittently drops SSRC.
  • It also fixes an issue where WebRTC downgrades the screen sharing resolution to give you a cleaner browsing experience.
  • Additionally, we fixed video quality degradation issues on some sites.
  • Full screen detached video on macOS has been temporarily disabled to avoid some issues with corruption, changing brightness, missing subtitles, and high CPU usage.

If you are using a supported version of Linux Mint, Firefox 96 also brings a big change thanks to a partnership between the Linux Mint project and Mozilla. Settings that Linux Mint had changed in Firefox, such as the fact that the default search engine Yahoo! to increase income, will be removed. Starting with Firefox 96, the browser will have the same default settings as on any other system when running on Linux Mint. You can read more about this development on the Linux Mint Blog.

If you’re already running Firefox, it should update automatically soon. If you haven’t installed Firefox yet, you can head to the Firefox website and download the browser now.

Amanda J. Marsh