Mozilla has released a 'Plug-in Check' security tool for web browsers.
The tool allows users to perform a security check on any plug-ins they install, and is available for Apple's Safari 4, Google's Chrome 4, Opera 10.5 and Internet Explorer 7 and 8 web browsers, as well as Mozilla's own Firefox.
Plug-in Check, first introduced in the Firefox 3 browser last year, will allow users to scan for outdated plug-ins that make a browser vulnerable to hacking attempts.
On the Firefox security blog, Johnathan Nightingale, Director of Firefox Development, wrote: “We believe that plug-in safety is an issue for the web as a whole, so while our initial efforts focused on building a page that would work for Firefox users, the team has since expanded plug-in check coverage to work with Safari 4, Chrome 4, and Opera 10.5. We have added support for Internet Explorer 7 and 8 for the most popular plug-ins, as well.”
Nightingale reported that although the company had succeeded in adding many Chrome, Safari and Opera plug-ins to its directory, registering plug-ins for Internet Explorer 7 and 8 would take longer as each IE plug-in requires specific code to be written.