The USA Government Urged the Firefox Users to Upgrade to the Latest Version As Soon As Possible

Published on January 11, 2020

CISA, The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, asked every Firefox users to upgrade their browsers to the latest version, 72.0.1. Cybersecurity experts found a major security threat in the older version of the Firefox. 

The older version of the browser allows malicious entities to run unauthorized code on a PC. As a result, anyone can target a computer and could take control of the entire PC through a webpage. The company admitted the security issue, and its recent update, 72.0.1, addressed the sensitive issue. 

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The security vulnerability encouraged hackers to target a selected individual. As a result, the company also urged its customers to upgrade to the latest version of the software — even enterprise users required to upgrade for enjoying risk-free browsing. 

Qihoo 360, a Chinese company, was the first to detect the security vulnerability, just two days after the release of the Firefox 72. There is no report on how many people affected and who exploited them. The company faced several similar issues in the last year. The recent security breach marks the third zero-day vulnerability for the company in the span of the last nine months. Previously, Firefox patched two similar security threats in June 2019. 

Procedure to Download the Latest Version of Firefox

The readers who have not updated to the latest version of the browsers yet, they need to update as soon as possible. Mozilla has uploaded the new updated version of the browser on its official website; as a result, users can visit the site and download the latest version to improve their security. Or else, one can download the updated functionality within the browser. To update it from the browser, you need to follow the following steps.

  • Open the browser’s menu bar and select the About Firefox.
  • It will check for any available update, and it will download automatically.
  • Once the download is complete, click the restart to complete the upgrade.
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