Mozilla pulls its new release

Mozilla Firefox withdraws its new release amid fears over security. This exceptional step was taken just after a day following its distribution. What underlies this move is a critical vulnerability with the browser according to the company. Firefox, one of the big three leading web browsers – and is thought to have more than 450 million users worldwide and around 29 per cent of the worldwide share. It claims that only a small number of users will be affected by this step. In an updated version of its open source browser, the company detailed the security fixes, including fixing 14 security holes and 11 of these holes are rated as “critical”.  



Memory handling issues and several corruptions are among these security holes. It is thought that these security holes can allow some corrupt intended sites to determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters. To prevent anything bad from happening, users are advised to downgrade to version 15.0.1. Alternatively, users can wait until the patches are issued and automatically applied to address the vulnerability.


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