In an eyebrow raising announcement, users of Mozilla’s Firefox browser are urgently warned to upgrade to Firefox 72.0.1, Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) 68.4.1, and Thunderbird 68.4.1 (which uses the Firefox engine) or later right away.
All software has bugs, and Mozilla’s software is no exception. Also, bad guys will ruin everything on the Internet.
What makes this warning from the United States Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) so important is that there are active attacks being made on Firefox compromised websites that have been infected with malicious web pages. Once an unpatched version of Firefox is successfully exploited, an attacker will be able to gain control over the Mac or Windows PC that the browser is running on.
The CISA cybersecurity warning reads:
“Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. This vulnerability was detected in exploits in the wild.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisories for Firefox 72.0.1 and Firefox ESR 68.4.1 and Thunderbird 68.4.1 and apply the necessary updates.”
Mozilla has provided directions for upgrading your copy of Firefox to the latest release on their support website.
Keep yourself safe. Apply this update, even if you normally do not like to apply software patches and upgrades.
Jack Schofield, writing for ZDNet:
“The main reason for switching to Firefox is that, overall, it’s better than Chrome. But there are other reasons.
Other leading browsers may sometimes do that, but their primary function is to serve the needs of giant corporations — Apple, Google and Microsoft — none of which has any interest in preserving your privacy. Usually the reverse, in fact.
Firefox has always respected your privacy, and now, all things considered, it’s also winning on merit.”
I couldn’t agree more. Google already knows so much about us, I don’t want to make it even easier for the search and advertizing giant to learn more about me. That’s why I still have FireFox installed on my Macs and Windows 7 PCs. As far as I’m concerned, FireFox is pretty fast enough for my needs and when I do have to run Chrome, I run it in a VM.
While reading the Mozilla blog, I learned that the Fennec Alpha 3 build has been released for Windows Mobile devices.
“We’re very happy to announce the availability of Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile. There are lots of great features and fixes included in this release. You can find the release notes here and a cab installer here. Personally, I’m turning off my iPhone to switch to a Windows Mobile device with Fennec.”
Since the last release of Fennec for Windows Mobile, the Mozilla team has been working on improving the start up time for the mobile browser, they have improved panning, and they “now support a wider range of screen resolutions through the use of CSS media queries.”
Just keep in mind that this is still an alpha version of the software and it will have some rough edges.
If you are not familiar with the Fennec project, you can learn more about it on the Mozilla website. If you are not familiar with fennec foxes (Fennec is the little brother of Firefox after all!), you can learn more about them from Wikipedia.
Download Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile now…