Feds Issue Security Alert On Firefox, Thunderbird - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Feds Issue Security Alert On Firefox, Thunderbird

US-CERT says some of the vulnerabilities involve the way Firefox and Thunderbird handle URLs and images.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team is advising people to upgrade to the latest versions of the Firefox Web browser and the Thunderbird email program to plug numerous critical security holes.

Issued this week, the warning from the agency within the Department of Homeland Security said failing to use the latest versions would leave computers open to malware that could enable an attacker to commandeer a PC. US-CERT said some of the vulnerabilities involved the way Firefox and Thunderbird handle URLs or images.

"By taking advantage of one or more vulnerabilities in Mozilla products, an attacker may be able to take control of your computer," US-CERT said.

Last week, Mozilla Corp., maker of the open source browser and email client, updated Firefox to patch two-dozen vulnerabilities, most of them critical. Firefox 1.5.0.2 debuted just days after rival Microsoft Corp. fixed 10 security problems within Internet Explorer.

Mozilla also has released fixes for Thunderbird and for the Sea Monkey browser suite, the replacement for the now-defunct Mozilla suite.

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
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Commentary
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
Slideshows
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
White Papers
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.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll