New Firefox Updates Eliminate Major Security Flaw

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-02-23 Print this article Print

The security and stability revision stops hackers from being able to tamper with how Web sites are displayed and how they operate.

Mozilla on Feb. 23 released updated versions of the Firefox browser, v1.5.0.10 and v2.0.0.2, for Windows, Mac and Linux, which include the fix for a major security flaw. The "location.hostname" vulnerability potentially allowed hackers to tamper with authentication cookies for third-party sites, manipulating how Web sites are displayed and how they operate, Mozilla said. Click here to read more about the location.hostname vulnerability, and how it could be used to make a malicious site appear authentic.
"We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release," said Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla, in Mountain View, Calif.
"This update resolves the location.hostname vulnerability, and other security and stability issues. Thanks to the work of our contributors, we have been able to address these issues quickly in order to minimize the security risk to Firefox users." Click here to read about a critical memory corruption flaw that wasnt addressed by this update. The updates are available immediately in 37 languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Other security fixes in the new versions, according to Schroepfer, include improvements to help protect against cross-site scripting attacks; an adjustment of Mozilla Network Security Services SSLv2 to stop buffer overflow; the fixing of XSS and local file access by opening blocked popups; the elimination of spoofing using custom cursor and CSS3 hotspot; and the elimination of information disclosure through cache collisions. For details on which flaws were fixed in this release, click here. Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 24, 2007; however, all users are encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2, Schroepfer said. Users who already have Firefox 1.5.0.x or Firefox 2.0.0.x will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours, Schroepfer said. This update can also be applied manually by selecting "Check for Updates" from the Help menu starting later in the day on Feb. 23, Schroepfer said. The new Firefox v2.0.0.2 update can be obtained here. Firefox v1.5.0.10 is available for download here. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEKs Security Watch blog.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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