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The Monkey's Back

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 02, 2005

After a couple of weeks in the doghouse, a cleaned-up Greasemonkey has returned. Say what? That’s the free add-on to the Firefox browser that lets you add any of hundreds of tweaks and mini-programs to customize your browser or mash up the services of two or more Web sites. After a serious security flaw was revealed last month, thus fulfilling Greasemonkey’s motto, “More Dangerous Than a Monkey with a Knife,” creator Aaron Boodman suggested uninstalling it. Now, he says, the security problems are fixed, at least as much as software security can ever be fixed. Good thing, since Greasemonkey lets you do a lot of cool stuff. Right now, the Greasemonkey site appears to be overloaded—testament to its increasing popularity, I guess. Once traffic abates and I can reinstall it, I’ll let you know if there are any further problems. And if you try it out, let me know what you think.

UPDATE: Actually, it looks like, which hosts Greasemonkey’s Web site, is what’s down. You can still get Greasemonkey here. Remember, though, it’s in test mode and may have further bugs, so if that kind of thing bugs you, wait until a stable version is out.

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