German Government: Don’t use Firefox

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The German government has advised computer users not to run Firefox and run an alternative browser instead, because of a critical security flaw.

The advice, which comes from BürgerCERT, part of the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (known as the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik or BSI), recommends that computer users stop using Firefox 3.6 until Mozilla releases a fix.

The reason why Germany is suggesting such seemingly drastic action is that there is a critical vulnerability in currently available versions of Firefox that could be exploited by hackers to launch malicious code on users’ computers.

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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.