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Mozilla Issues Patch for Firefox Flaw

Responding to reports this week of a dangerous security flaw in its increasingly popular Firefox Web browser, Mozilla released an interim patch late Friday to fix the problem, which could allow bad guys to infiltrate computers through the browser.

Firefox and Mozilla Suite users can apply the patch by visiting this link, and then clicking on "Install now" in the window that pops up. The patch will not be fully applied until you completely close out and restart the browser.

To verify the fix, follow these steps after restarting:

   1. In Firefox, click Help -> About Mozilla Firefox and verify that the user agent string contains "(noIDN)"
   2. In the Mozilla Suite click Help -> About Mozilla and verify that the user agent string contains "(noIDN)"

Mozilla also has instructions here for fixing the problem manually.

By Brian Krebs  |  September 10, 2005; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  New Patches  
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