Netscape 8.0.4 includes the fixes that have been made in the Firefox browser, according to the update's release notes. That means it has all patches through , which was made available by Mozilla last month.
Netscape, a division of Time Warner's America Online subsidiary, typically trails Mozilla by a few weeks when it comes to security updates. The companyto catch up to .
The latest update fixes nine vulnerabilities, including, which are Web addresses that use international characters.The bug could let attackers run code remotely on vulnerable computers.
The Netscape 8 update is the fifth since. Users can expect an update warning in their browsers.
Netscape 8 is a "hybrid" Web browser. It uses Firefox's Gecko rendering, but users can also switch to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser engine if a Web site does not display well.
Hewlett-Packard plans to on new consumer PCs and notebooks starting early next year. The agreement, announced early this month, is the first browser distribution deal with a major PC maker since the end of the browser wars in the 1990s, according to Netscape.