Firefox hit by critical zero-day vulnerability

Filed Under: Malware, Vulnerability

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Mozilla has issued a warning that its popular Firefox browser contains a critical vulnerability that is being actively exploited by cybercriminals to distribute malware.

The vulnerability, which was previously unknown, is said to affect versions 3.5 and 3.6 of Firefox.

Security firm Norman reported that the Nobel Peace Prize website was distributing a Trojan horse via the exploit yesterday, although it's obviously possible that other websites may also be serving up the vulnerability in an attempt to infect visiting users.

Sophos is issuing protection against the malware as Troj/Belmoo-A.

Mozilla says it is working on a fix, but in the meantime Firefox users might be wise to turn JavaScript off and use the popular NoScript addon.

NoScript is a great idea - I'd never use Firefox without it, and neither should you.

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