Mozilla Corp.'s next update to Firefox will sport several new safer surfing features, the company's chief of security said Wednesday, but users won't see the most important changes. On track and expected to make it into the final version of Firefox 3.0 when it ships later this year is a tool that would automatically block sites suspected of harboring malware. The Web browser will also offer support for the extended validation Secure Sockets Layer (EV SSL) certificates, said Window Snyder, Mozilla's chief security officer.
The malware blocker, which relies on site blacklists generated by Google Inc., has been publicly debated by Mozilla and Google developers, with mock-ups of the on-screen warnings debuting in early June. Then, Snyder refused to get specific about the feature, saying there was no guarantee the tool would be wrapped up in time to add to Firefox 3.0.