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New Internet Security Alert: Firefox included 2006-04-20

Posted by clype in Gizmo, Statistics.

Computer users are being urged to update the 'Firefox' web browser to close serious security holes in it.

Some of the security lapses in 'Mozilla' software, which 'Firefox' is based on, could allow malicious hackers to hijack computers.

There have been a total of 21 security flaws in various versions of 'Firefox', according to security firm 'Secunia'.

Users are urged to download the latest versions of all 'Mozilla' programs to protect their computers from attack.

The US American 'Computer Emergency Readiness Team' (CERT) warn that other 'Mozilla' products including e-mail client, 'Thunderbird', and the internet application, 'Seamonkey', may also be affected.

More secure:

'The Mozilla Foundations' have released a new version of 'Firefox' and 'Thunderbird' which contain fixes to some of the security flaws.

Programs like 'Firefox' have been thought to be more secure than other browsers such as 'Microsoft's' 'Internet Explorer' because of its links to the open-source software community.

There have been more than 100 million downloads of the 'Firefox' software since its launch in 2004.

However, 'Internet Explorer' is still the world's most popular browser with over 80 per cent of the market.

Last year, 2005, both browsers were hit by the same security bug.

The new security alert is thought to be the first time that so many vulnerabilities have been exposed in the 'Firefox' browser.

Users should make sure they have the most up-to-date version of 'Firefox', which is version

  • 'Firefox sorts out security flaws', BBC NEWS, 2006/04/20 09:35:28 UTC


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