Contributed by: Egle Markauskaite
Date: June 17, 2009
Are you using Mozilla Firefox as your default web browser? Or do you prefer Thunderbird or SeaMonkey? If so, you should be extremely attentive! All the same, other users who are not using Mozilla Internet Suite products as their main browser, are suggested to turn their attention to this announcement as well. What I'm going to tell you is disappointing news with regards to online security.
Recently, I wrote an article about Mozilla Firefox. There I raised a rhetorical question: Is Mozilla Firefox really a safe browser? And if you could remember, the answer was based on a few Internet Security Threat reports saying that there is no "safe" browser. Therefore, one can never be certain that a web browsing software application is actually going to remain free from security flaws forever. Thus, it needs to be used safely. Some of the files of Mozilla Firefox may include but are not limited to the following: nsSessionStore.js, firefox.js, nsBrowserGlue.js and firefoxportable.exe.
Let me begin to inform you about the multiple vulnerabilities that were identified in Mozilla Firefox, SeaMonkey and Thunderbird. You may ask: What is the main impact of these multiple vulnerabilities? These vulnerabilities could be exploited by malicious people with the purpose of avoiding certain security restrictions, uncover sensitive information, cause a denial of service, conduct spoofing attacks or simply compromise a targeted system. Affected products were confirmed and include Mozilla Firefox versions before 3.0.11, Mozilla Thunderbird versions before 184.108.40.206 and Mozilla SeaMonkey versions before 1.1.17. One of the files related to Mozilla Thunderbird is: thunderbird.exe. The file related to Mozilla SeaMonkey goes by the name of: seamonkey.exe.
Each type of vulnerability is specified below for your perusal:
As we all can see, so many serious and scary vulnerabilities are turning on Mozilla Firefox, SeaMonkey and Thunderbird. What to do? How can you alleviate this security issue? Fortunately there is a solution for these terrible vulnerabilities. What you should do is update your installations. All Firefox users should upgrade to the updated packages listed below: