February 27, 2005 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) Mozilla has released a Firefox security update in response to the IDN implementation flaw that left the browser vulnerable to spoofing or phishing attacks. 27 million users have already downloaded the free browser and market share is estimated at about 10%.
"Regular security updates are essential for maintaining a safe browsing experience for our users," said Chris Hofmann, director of engineering for the Mozilla Foundation. "The Mozilla Foundation has developed a community of users and developers who continuously provide feedback on Mozilla software, and as a result of that constant vigilance, we are able to provide quick and effective responses to security vulnerabilities."
Firefox had been widely praised for its stability and security over Microsoft browser Internet Explorer until the phishing flaw came to the fore. Most still see Firefox as the more secure browser between the two in large part because it does not run Active X controls and doesnt have the same kind of interoperability with the operating system as IE.