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Basilisk 2019.10.31

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BasiliskBasilisk is a free and Open Source XUL-based web browser, featuring the well-known Firefox-style interface and operation. It is based on the Goanna layout and rendering engine (a fork of Gecko) and builds on the Unified XUL Platform (UXP), which in turn is a fork of the Mozilla code base without Servo or Rust.

Basilisk as an application is primarily a vessel for development of the XUL platform it builds upon, and additionally a potential replacement for Firefox to retain the use of Firefox Extensions.

Basilisk is development software. This means that it should be considered more or less “beta” at all times; it may have some bugs and is provided as-is, with potential defects. Like any other Free Software community project, it comes without any warranty or promise of fitness for any particular purpose. That being said: of course we will do our best to provide an as stable and secure browser as possible with every official release of Basilisk.

It should be noted that because of this focus on platform development, the browser itself (the application code) will be released and maintained mostly as-it-is, with very little change or development on the user interface or browser front-end features.

Basilisk is a modern, full-featured web browser and as such requires a reasonably modern system to properly run.
Windows requirements

Windows 7 or later. Windows XP or Windows Vista are not supported.
1GB of RAM (2GB or more recommended for heavy use).
Dedicated GPU strongly recommended.
A modern processor (must have SSE2 support as the absolute minimum)

Release notes

These release notes are summaries of the most important changes for public releases.
v2019.10.31
This is a security and bugfix update.

Updated timezone data for internationalization functions.
Fixed the option to use hardware acceleration over RDP for Windows 8.1 and 10.
Fixed an issue with inner window navigation potentially leaking.
Fixed a startup crash caused by Qihoo 360 Safeguard/360 Total Security.
Ported some expat parser fixes from upstream.
Ported several NSS upstream fixes to our build.
Aligned handling of U+0000 in the html5 parser with expectations.
Added size checks to WebGL data buffering.
Fixed build issues with newer glibc versions.
Fixed build issues for ARM targets.
Worked around a gcc9 compiler issue that would prevent building with it.
Security issues fixed: CVE-2019-15903, CVE-2019-11757, CVE-2019-11763 and several potentially exploitable crashes and memory safety hazards that don’t have a CVE number.
Unified XUL Platform Mozilla Security Patch Summary: 6 fixed, 6 DiD, 1 rejected, 24 not applicable.

 

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