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Mozilla Debuts Minor Firefox 3.5.4 Browser Upgrade

Mozilla has issued its latest browser update Firefox 3.5.4, resolving a host of security and performance related anomalies, along with adding many improvements.

The update, which is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, offers as many as 11 security fixes, of which six have been rated as ‘critical’, and three were tagged as ‘moderate’, and two as ‘low’.

Critical vulnerabilities, if exploited, could let hackers to take control of the user’s system resources by remotely executing codes on it.

Discussing about various critical vulnerabilities that have been addressed in the update, Mozilla said in a statement: “Some of these crashes showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances and we presume that with enough effort at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code”.

In addition, the new update also resolves a number of stability issues, and incorporates an update for the crash reporting tool, which lets users to notify about crashes many times.

The problem surrounding improper loading of SSL pages after users wipe out the browsing history archive has also been addressed in the recent build.

Mozilla has strongly recommended all the Firefox users to install the updates with immediate effect to ensure a better and safer browsing experience.

Our Comments

As always when it comes to browser, upgrade to the latest build as soon as possible to reduce the chance of being hit by a zero-day attack (unlikely but better be safe than sorry).

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.