Mozilla likes to advertise Firefox as “The faster, more secure, and fully customizable way to surf the web”. Obviously, Mozilla doesn’t subscribe to the principle of truth in advertising.
In the first place Firefox is NOT the fastest browser available; it may be the most customizable, but it is a long way from being the most secure.
Until recently, any mention of Internet Explorer’s safety record, amongst my techie friends, was sure to draw a huge round of laughter when compared with Firefox’s record. But, no longer.
For the umpteen time, in just a short time frame, Mozilla has released a patched version of Firefox – this one is version 3.5.2, to address the following issues:
Fixed in Firefox 3.5.2
MFSA 2009-46 Chrome privilege escalation due to incorrectly cached wrapper
MFSA 2009-45 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124)
MFSA 2009-44 Location bar and SSL indicator spoofing via window.open() on invalid URL
MFSA 2009-43 Heap overflow in certificate regexp parsing
MFSA 2009-42 Compromise of SSL-protected communication
MFSA 2009-38 Data corruption with SOCKS5 reply containing DNS name longer than 15 characters
In just over a month, since the release of version 3.5, we have had to download and install two patched versions due to severe, or critical, security issues. I’m not laughing; this is a continuing saga with Firefox and its not getting better. If anything, its getting worse.
The only thing that keeps this unreliable browser on any of my systems is the add-ons. Without this customizing ability, Firefox – you’d be gone!
If you haven’t updated yet, I strongly urge you to do so.
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