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Firefox 17 Beta Released with Click-to-Play Plugins for blocking vulnerable Plugins

Firefox 17 Beta Released with Click-to-Play Plugins for blocking vulnerable Plugins

October 12, 2012Mohit Kumar
Last week, Mozilla announced it will prompt Firefox users on Windows with old versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight, but refused to detail how the system will work. Finally today  Firefox 17 is now in beta and with it is a very cool feature, click-to-play plugins. When a user lands on a site that requires the use of a plugin, say Adobe Flash, if the version running in the user's browser is on the list of known vulnerable applications, Mozilla will disable it and show the user a message saying that she needs to update the plugin. " By combining the safety of the blocklist with the flexibility of click-to-play, we now have an even more effective method of dealing with vulnerable or out-of-date plugins. " Mozilla wrote on blog. Mozilla is still working on implementing the controls, which would allow you to block all plugins by default and then pick where you want them to run. As already mentioned, this feature will be enabled by
Firefox 16 pulled just after release to address security vulnerabilities

Firefox 16 pulled just after release to address security vulnerabilities

October 11, 2012Mohit Kumar
The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser has been taken offline after a security vulnerability was discovered. Mozilla's Firefox 16 web browser got its regular six-weekly update yesterday but the organisation decided to pull the browser hours after the release. The outfit claimed it became aware of a security vulnerability in Firefox 16 and that updates are expected to ship at some point today. According to the Mozilla Security Blog , Firefox 16 features a security vulnerability that allows “ a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters. ” " As a precaution, users can downgrade to version 15.0.1 " - Firefox 16 offers several new features, most of which are aimed at developers. One such feature is the Developer Command Line, which provides keyboard control over the Developer Tools. Other features include CSS3 Animations, Image Values, IndexedDB, Transitions, and Transforms.
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