No fixed Adobe: Missing patches and Firefox warnings

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Mozilla has pushed out a new version of its popular Firefox web browser that fixes a number of critical security vulnerabilities.

Obviously you should update your installation of Firefox to take advantage of these fixes, but another good reason is that this new version also rather wonderfully warns you if you are running an out-of-date version of Adobe Flash:

That’s great. As I mentioned last week, Adobe can be considered very much “the new Microsoft”, but not in a good way.

Adobe’s Flash and PDF software is frequently targeted by hackers because so many of the world’s computers are running it. As a result, users have been facing a running battle of keeping up-to-date with Adobe security patches to ensure that they are not exposing themselves to infection via exploitable code.

Anything which warns users that they do not…

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.