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Silverlight and Java blocked by FireFox

DawnReissing on Thursday January 31, 2013 12:48:33 PM
Silverlight and Java blocked by FireFox

Firefox is aiming at improving security for its web browser.

In recent news, Java Script fell into some media attention when homeland security found holes in the software where hackers could sneak through to infect thousands of computers by enabling users to visit a suspicious website. Although Oracle has patched up the holes since then, Mozilla wants to be safer with content. Adobe Reader, who has also had hacker problems in the past, and Microsoft Silverlight are also on Mozilla's block list.

Michael Coates, Mozilla's director of security assurance, said " One of the most common vectors against users is driven by exploitation of vulnerable plugins...The click-to-play feature protects users in these scenarios." To clarify, the "exploitation of vulnerable plugins" refers to attacks which involve websites loading browsers with malware through targeting security bugs in Java and Flash content. Click-to-play was designed last year to give users the power whether they wanted certain plugins uploaded to their software. Soon Mozilla will be blocking all plugins aside from the most recent version of Flash but older versions will be blocked unless otherwise authorized by the user.

Image: Firefox press image

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