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Firefox Security Update 1.0.4

18 May 2005

Firefox came out with another update in May 2005 shortly after one in April. Just after Secuna security found two exploits in the FireFox browser that affected version 1.0.3 and below they discovered more flaws the weekend of May the 9th and Mozilla patched the following Monday. Good job, guys.

The two nastier vulnerabilities are the Cross Site Scripting which can be used to steal information on you and your online accounts, and remote system access which allows the hackers to potentially take control of your system.

If you’re a FireFox user, make sure you have this update. You can check for it by opening up your FireFox browser and going to “Help” then “About”. You should easily see what version you are currently using in the bottom window of the splash screen. If you do need to update then open up Firefox and select Tools/Options/Advanced then open up “Updates” and choose the option Software Updates/Check Now. You will have to restart your browser and be a little patient but that’s all there is to it.

Just a couple more things that may help you to stay a little more secure:

1. If you’re a big fan of the FireFox extensions or plug-ins, make sure you get them from Mozilla’s site—you know you can trust the content there.

2. You may want to disable Javascript in FireFox. Javascript is a big factor in the XSS hack and disabling it can make you that much more secure, though your browsing may be a little less exciting. Go to Tools/Options and click the “Web Features” tab. Uncheck “Enable JavaScript”.

Stay safe out there,

~ Chad

Chad Stelnicki