Major Security Flaw Sees Firefox 16 Pulled

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Firefox has pulled its latest browser after discovering a major “security vulnerability.”


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The latest version of Mozilla’s browser, Firefox 16, was online for one day only before the vulnerability was discovered.

“Mozilla is aware of a security vulnerability in the current release version of Firefox,” wrote Mozilla’s Director of Security Assurance, Michael Coates, in a blog post. “We are actively working on a fix and plan to ship updates tomorrow. Firefox version 15 is unaffected.”

The vulnerability allowed hackers and malicious sites to see a user’s web history. 

“The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters,” said Coates.

Mozilla’s Firefox is the third most popular browser in the world. According to the non-profit company, only a “limited number of users are affected.”

At the time, those who were using Firefox 16 have been advised to downgrade to Firefox 15, despite their being “no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild.” However, the SMH report Mozilla has released an updated version, Firefox 16.0.1, for Windows, Mac and Linux users, along with a patch for the Android smartphones.

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