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Mozilla Firefox Security Flaws Exposed

Posted by Bill Wallo on May 10, 2005 10:25 AM

Well, if success breeds anything, among its chief
offspring are critics, moochers looking for a handout,
and people trying to exploit a weakness. In that regard,
Mozilla's Firefox browser - frequently touted as a
bulletproof application not prone to the security holes
that have plagued Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser -
is now seeing its code cracked and some security problems

According to reports, new vulnerabilities with the
program have been identified (this makes the fourth such
incident in the span of three months). This latest round
of coding flaws (called the "proof of concept" flaws) has
been rated "extremely critical" by the Secunia security
company, and could allow an attacker to convince the user
he is downloading files from the Mozilla Foundation
itself, for example, from sites like

As interim fixes, Mozilla is encouraging users to either
deactivate JavaScript or to set the brower to not accept
installation of additional software, such as extensions
or themes. Mozilla also plans to release a security
update called Firefox 1.0.4.

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