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22 Sep 2005

New version of Firefox web browser released to fix serious security hole, Sophos reports

The new edition of Mozilla Firefox is said to fix the latest security vulnerability.

Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus and spam analysis centres, have advised businesses and home users to update their version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, in order to protect against a serious security flaw which could allow hackers to run malicious code on Linux computers.

"Whether you're using the Firefox web browser or Microsoft's Internet Explorer it's critical that you keep updated to protect against vulnerabilities," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "In this case it appears the vulnerability can only be exploited on computers running Firefox on Linux or UNIX, but it makes sense for everyone to keep abreast of the latest security flaws, and ensure they are running the latest version."

More information about the new version of Firefox can be found on Mozilla's website.

Sophos continues to recommend computer users practise safe computing as well as running up-to-date anti-virus software.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

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