Firefox browser patched for eight security holes

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Firefox browser patched for eight security holes

Antony Savvas

The open source Mozilla Foundation has patched its Firefox 1.5 browser to fix eight potential security vulnerabilities.

One of the flaws patched against is rated as critical and four others are deemed to be of “moderate risk”, said Mozilla. Three other flaws are described as “low risk”.

The more serious flaws could allow a remote attacker to take over a user’s machine when the Firefox update is not installed, said Mozilla.

One of the problems patched against includes a flaw discovered at the end of last year, which caused the browser to crash when pointed at a specially crafted web page with an extremely long title.

This was described by security experts as a potential buffer overflow vulnerability, which could be used to run arbitrary code on a user’s machine.

With the patch, Mozilla has updated Firefox to version 1.5.0.1. The patch also delivers improved stability and support when Firefox is run on the Mac OS X platform.

 


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