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Mozilla acts quickly to issue security patch

A vulnerability that was recently found in Mozilla’s internet browser will be patched next week in a swift move by the company to avoid any breaches in web security.

The patch for Firefox version 3.0.8 was described by Mozilla as a “high-priority fire-drill security update,” which some security officials say shows how potentially serious the flaw may be.

According to a security researcher who released the proof-of-concept code, the unpatched vulnerability in Firefox would allow cybercriminals to manipulate Firefox’s source code and place a malicious XML file. The code would be a “drive-by download” and install malware onto a user’s machine after visiting a compromised website, SCMagazineus.com reports.

A vulnerability that was recently found in Mozilla’s internet browser will be patched next week in a swift move by the company to avoid any breaches in web security.

The patch for Firefox version 3.0.8 was described by Mozilla as a “high-priority fire-drill security update,” which some security officials say shows how potentially serious the flaw may be.

According to a security researcher who released the proof-of-concept code, the unpatched vulnerability in Firefox would allow cybercriminals to manipulate Firefox’s source code and place a malicious XML file. The code would be a “drive-by download” and install malware onto a user’s machine after visiting a compromised website, SCMagazineus.com reports.

The drive-by download affects Firebox on all platforms and includes Mac OS and Linux, says the company.

Recently, another exploit was found in Microsoft’s IE8 that was described as a “single-click-and-you’re-owned” vulnerability.

Mozilla’s quick response to the possible security breach may be a good example for organizations and SMBs to follow. Studies have shown that a quick response time is one of the crucial network security solutions for businesses.