Firefox 3.6 checks your plugins are up to date

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Yesterday, Mozilla released the latest version of its web browser Firefox and it comes with a rather nice-sounding security feature.

Firefox 3.6 claims to be faster than ever before, but that’s not why it’s caught my attention. The new functionality that I’m pleased to hear about is its ability to detect out-of-date plugins.

Plugins are those little micro-applications that augment your browser to help you watch online videos, view PDF documents, and such like. They’re not normally written by the same people who write your browser which means you might have found it hard in the past to keep track of the latest versions and to ensure you are updated against security vulnerabilities.

And that’s a problem, because hackers are more and more frequently targeting ubiquitous plugins like those for Adobe Flash and Acrobat PDF Reader to spread malware, exploiting security holes in their code.

Now…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.