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Mozilla Updates Its Firefox Browser to Tackle Leopard

On October 18, 2007, Mozilla Corp. modified its open source web browser Firefox to fix ten vulnerabilities in Firefox, among which three are believed to be dangerous, and issued the updated interpretations for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

The latest Firefox is also consistent with Mac OS X 10.5, alias Leopard, Mozilla alleged as per news published by Computerworld on October 19, 2007. Bu, several problems linger under the current OS, which was launched on October 26, 2007, including snags in a few auxiliary programs of the media player. Users can download Firefox from Mozilla's Website; present customers can update Firefox by utilizing the Web browser's automatic facility.

Secunia, the leading flaw hunter from Denmark, evaluated the package of fixes as "extremely dangerous" in general and told that the dangerous glitches permit code execution, which implies that hackers could infiltrate their own malware into the computers running Firefox program without fixes.

Mozilla also returned to a July 2007 fix to support Firefox against strikes that increase the Universal Resource Identifier (URI) bug in Windows that Microsoft eventually admitted in the closing week of October 2007.

Developers at Mozilla initially believed that the problem lay inside Microsoft's Internet Explorer program, which could be executed maliciously through Firefox. Some days after releasing their first fix, they comprehended that there was trouble with Firefox also, and released the update.

Three months later, they've fixed one more URI bug in Firefox that will reduce the chances of software being run maliciously via the browser. The issue did not check the wrong file-handling programs from running thus leaving some danger; warned Mozilla in its advisory, reported PCWorld on October 19, 2007.

An extra patch has been used on Firefox that spots the exploitation of URI by Windows and prevents the incorrect program from being executed.

Though the Mozilla developers weren't sure if Firefox could actually mishandle this recent development to the URI issue, nevertheless, they chose to release this newest URI fix instead of waiting to substantiate it, informed Security Chief of Mozilla, Window Snyder, reported PCWorld October 19, 2007.

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