MOZILLA SAYS that its Firefox browser will now check for updates to various third party add-ons.
Apparently Firebadger developers are fed up with their browser's security being wrecked because users haven't updated their Adobe, Microsoft, Apple and other plug-ins, add-ons and extensions.
Mozzarella's next update for Firefox, which ships tomorrow, will check for outdated versions of Flash Player, which is a frequent target of hackers.
Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14, the security updates for the latest Firefox 3.5 and 2008's Firefox 3.0, respectively, will be released September 8. Once you have installed them you will see a message if your computer has an out-of-date version of Flash Player.
It will tell you that you need to update the Adobe Flash plug-in and urge you to "install the free update as soon as possible." The message will also include a link to the download site for the latest Flash Player plug-in.
Adobe is the priority in the current upgrade because a recent study showed that more than 80 per cent of users had a dodgy version of Flash on their system.
This would include Apple users who installed the cutting edge Leopard service pack "Snow Leopard", which shipped with an ancient and broken version of Flash.
Later Mozilla will check for other versions of things that are often insecure and users fail to upgrade.
Included will be the perfect Quicktime movie add-on which is never insecure and so users are still using the version that was first used to screen a Charlie Chaplin movie in monochrome in 1916.
Ultimately Firefox will also check for current updates to Microsoft's Silverlight media player and Sun's Java Run-time Environment. µ
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