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"Critical" Firefox Holes to Be Patched

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Firefox aficionados aren't used to hearing this sort of report, but Mozilla has released an update to the popular open source browser that plugs four holes deemed "highly critical" by security firm Secunia.

 

Among possible damage from the vulnerabilities: scripting attacks that can seize control of a browser's system.

 

Sound kinda familiar, IE users?

 

(As an aside, we'd note that Secunia has released some pretty dramatic security bulletins lately -- a couple of weeks ago it labeled a Word vulnerability as "extremely critical," while other security firms had more measured reactions.)

 

While acolytes continue to tout Firefox's innate security, the browser is coming under more attacks as it gains market share, now estimated at 13 percent worldwide. A couple of months ago, Mozilla began pushing security updates to users automatically -- the same will be true of this latest update.

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