New Firefox versions should result in larger file versions that previous firefox versions

Name:    Jeff
Email:   jturner_at_citadel.com
Product: Firefox
Summary: New Firefox versions should result in larger file versions that previous firefox versions

Comments: 
I work for a company whose software does enterprise vulnerability
management.  I work with Windows and Windows applications.  One of the
things we do is install patches to products where needed.  We rely on
file versions because they are the best bet to know which version of an
application is on the system (files are generally where the
vulnerabilities reside).  If a system�s registry gets �restored� or
rolled back, the registry may not correctly report an applications
version information.

We write our patches to report a �Compliant� status where they are not
needed to our Administrator console and for reporting purposes.

The problem is in your file versions.  If the vulnerability in question
as reported by a scanner is to install Firefox 1.5.0.5, that is what we
do.  If someone�s file versions are greater than the ones installed by
the application, we report a �Compliant� status (ie, you do not need the
patch or upgrade).  This works for almost every vendor under the sun
including you guys up until Firefox 1.5.0.5.  Your file versions
decreased.  We made the logic work by doing a string compare on the last
portion of the file version instead of a numeric compare, as that
actually worked up until 1.5.0.7.  Each version had a successively
higher first digit.

Now with 1.5.0.7, that has gone away as well.  Firefox 1.5.0.7 has
successfully managed to create a file version that is neither greater in
a numeric or string compare to all other Firefox versions (see versions
below).  This results in our Remedies having to rely on the registry to
determine the version of Firefox on the system, which for many reasons
can be inaccurate.

Please, file versions should always increase (or stay the same depending
on the file) for all version upgrades.  There are many Enterprise
reporting and patching tools that try to leverage file versioning to get
a more accurate picture of what versions of an application are on the
system.  Being able to say �you have this or higher� is invaluable. 
Otherwise, by having to itemize all possible versions, we have to take
Beta releases into account.  We also will have an issue with older
remedies when a new, unrecognized version of the product is first released.

This may seem like a small detail, but it is an important one that
allows integration with Enterprise level tools.  That integration will
help win acceptance from Systems Administrators, which can help enlarge
your user base.

This is a major point of frustration, as now I must go back and rework
all of our old remedies to change the versioning checks to only use the
Windows registry so that they will not report incorrectly against the
latest Firefox release.  These headaches can quickly turn a dedicated
Firefox user (me) back to the dreaded Internet Explorer.  They cause a
lot of headaches, but they keep me in a job and they do not cause this
level of frustration and rework.

Firefox Version	firefox.exe file version
Firefox 1.5.0.1		"1.8.20060.11112"
FireFox 1.5.0.4 	"1.8.20060.50817"
FireFox 1.5.0.5 	"1.8.20060.6376"
FireFox 1.5.0.6 	"1.8.20060.7278"
FireFox 1.5.0.7 	"1.8.20060.25382"


Browser Details: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.6) Gecko/20060728 Firefox/1.5.0.6
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9/18/2006 8:39:16 PM
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