Some days ago, some experts unveiled the secret of Mac computers. They took their time to design a virus that can rip off their “unbeatable” capacities. The unbeatable attribute was used to define Mozilla Firefox as well, until a dramatic change has come to shade its benefits. Compared to other browsers, Mozilla was considered safe and steady, offering a decent degree of privacy and security to its entire pool of users. But nothing lasts forever and Mozilla is no exception to the rule.
Some days ago an official blog post stated that Mozilla has encountered a flaw that is highly dangerous for the security and privacy of its users. Fortunately it can be fixed and hopefully soon enough we can forget about all the potential trouble.
According to the official release, the bug appears as an advertisement which displays a particular web page in Russia, serving as a trespass for the internet browser. The exploit is designed to search for important files and uploads all the findings to a server reportedly hosted in Ukraine.
To get rid of the virus, Mozilla users are urged to update the latest version of their app in order to avoid the illegal and abusive scoop of files. The virus sneaks in your computer in complete silence, unknowingly entering and stealing your most important files. The ad is created to leave no trace whatsoever so an update of your present browser is essentially needed.
The exploit affects both Windows and Linux users, all the Mac users are better protected and as officials declare, they weren’t specifically targeted this time around. However, Mozilla warned that Mac users are not necessarily immune, as the team of hackers could decide to target them using the same vulnerability.
It is extremely important for all users out there to know that Mozilla is highly vulnerable in front of hacker attacks for the time being and in order to avoid the trouble of abuse, we must update the browser to its latest, more powerful and safe version.
The vulnerability relates to Mozilla’s PDF viewer, meaning that apps and services without a PDF viewer, such as Firefox for Android on mobile devices are not at risk.
The latest, safe versions of Mozilla are 39.0.3 for personal users and Firefox ESR 38.1.1 for enterprise users. They both include a patch for the vulnerability.
Users are also advised to change passwords and keys for files which could potentially be affected by the malware.
To update the browser, users are required to click on the Help menu in the Menu Bar which can be found at the upper left corner of their current version, as CNet reported. After clicking on the help menu, the next step is to go to the settings for About Firefox. , which will reveal the update button.
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