Mozilla Firefox version 23.0 is released

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 1 Comment

Good news for Firefox fans: version 23.0 is out and can be downloaded from the www.mozilla.org website. In the latest version of Firefox, the Mozilla team has proactively fixed some potentially exploitable vulnerabilities, upon finding these security holes before hackers.

Some of these fixes are related to the “Miscellaneous memory safety hazards” which show evidence of memory corruption, according to the description by Mozilla, adding that “at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code”.  The developers at Mozilla spend much time and attention to find these hazards, even if not all of them are exploitable, and not all the exploitable ones were targeted by hackers.

The new Firefox version has got a new security feature, called Mixed content blocking. What does that mean? Some websites are using both insecure HTTP and secure HTTPS protocols on the same page, to speed up the download time of pictures, icons, logos. Firefox can now differentiate between “Mixed Passive Content” and “Mixed Active Content”, and permit innocent HTTP objects, such as images to appear in the middle of an HTTPS page, but block for example an insecure JavaScript code in the same page.

To download the latest version of Firefox, just open the About page of your browser (Alt, Help, About) and the update will be downloaded and installed automatically.

By Gergely Sumegi

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