Mozilla Patches 10 Firefox Bugs - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications
News
12/20/2006
11:33 AM
50%
50%

Mozilla Patches 10 Firefox Bugs

Both Firefox 1.5.x and 2.x will alert their users that an update is ready to install, but impatient users can download the fixes.

Mozilla patched 10 Firefox vulnerabilities late Tuesday, seven of them marked "critical," but left a password-spilling bug unresolved.

Firefox 2.0.0.1, the first update since the October debut of Firefox 2.0, fixes 10 flaws while 1.5.0.9 patches nine. Both Firefox 1.5.x and 2.x will alert their users that an update is ready to install, but impatient users can download the fixes from the Mozilla Web site.

According to the security advisories posted by Mozilla, the updates quash bugs in the layout and JavaScript engines, Firefox's implementation of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) comment objects, and LiveConnect, the bridge code that allows Java applets and Web-based JavaScript to communicate. Some of the vulnerabilities were also present in Mozilla's ThunderBird e-mail client and the SeaMonkey suite, which have been updated to 1.5.0.9 and 1.0.7, respectively.

But a Firefox bug first reported Nov. 22 hasn't been fixed. The vulnerability, which Danish security tracker Secunia pegged as "less critical," could let attackers hijack passwords from Firefox sessions. Secunia has recommended that users disable the browser's automated password saving feature until a patch is produced. (In Firefox, users can select Tools|Options|Security, then clear the box marked "Remember passwords for sites.")

Mozilla on Tuesday also repeated earlier recommendations that users update to Firefox 2.0, as the 1.5.x line will be maintained with security fixes only until April 24, 2007. Firefox 1.x dropped off Mozilla's security support list in May.

Firefox 1.5.0.9 and 2.0.0.1 are available immediately for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends for 2018
As we enter a new year of technology planning, find out about the hot technologies organizations are using to advance their businesses and where the experts say IT is heading.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll