Browsers Race to Update Security as PWN2OWN Event Nears

March 3rd, 2011 at 6:24 am

For the first time this year, Mozilla has updated its open-source Firefox web browser in anticipation for the upcoming PWN2OWN event, which awards cash and prizes to “security researchers” (read: hackers) who can successfully demonstrate vulnerabilities of fully-patched browsers.

In the recently released Firefox 3.6.14 update, at least 10 security flaws found in the popular browser has been fixed by Mozilla, eight of which are rated as “critical.”

Included in the Firefox 3.6.14 patch are fixes for what Mozilla refers to as “miscellaneous memory safety hazards,” as well as use-after free memory errors in JSON, issues with Web Workers, and two JavaScript buffer overflow conditions.

Earlier this week, Google has announced that it has updated its Chrome browser, fixing at least 19 security issues.

Source: E-Security Planet


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