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US government recommended to update immediately, Firefox

Because of a “zero-day vulnerability” that allows hackers to take control of any computer, the government of the united States recommended to immediately update the browser Firefox of Mozilla.

Specifically, the tip of the Security Agency’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure (CISA), under the Department of Homeland Security, points to the versions 72.0.1 and ESR 68.4.1.

“Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system”, says the statement by the federal agency.

The firm affected is aware of the vulnerability, which is why he released an update on Wednesday 8th of January 2020. In addition, he said the zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2019-17026) as “critical” because it could allow hackers access to web browsers and computers of the users.

Cited by Digital Trends, Mozilla attributed to the chinese firm specializing in cyber-security Qihoo 360 the discovery and alert of the above-mentioned vulnerability.

How to update Firefox

  1. To update the Firefox browser is a fairly simple task:
  2. Go to the menu bar of the program and click “About Firefox”.
  3. A new window will open and will begin searching for updates, that download automatically.

Once the download is complete, make sure to click the “Restart”, so as to update the software, and you are using the latest version (72.0.1).

“Firefox has made updates in the last month that include better privacy protections with support antitracker, password synchronization improved for all devices and alerts of non-compliance built-in,” recalled Digital Trends.

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