New Mozilla Firefox Update Fixes Two Actively Exploited Bugs

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The new Mozilla Firefox update fixes not one, but two zero-day vulnerabilities, which are being actively exploited by hackers.

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Mozilla Firefox New Update

Mozilla has released a bugfix patch for the desktop and mobile Android client of the Firefox web browser, according to a report by Computer Beep.

On top of that, the nonprofit organization behind the open-source browser has also updated its Extended Support Release for businesses and its privacy-focused app, Focus, to patch existing exploits.

The new update brings Firefox desktop version 97.0.2, 97.3.0 for its Android mobile app, 97.3.0 for its privacy-focused platform, and 91.6.1 for the extended support version.

Mozilla Firefox update fixes exploits

Bleeping Computer noted in the same report that the previous release of Firefox apps on various platforms had two zero-day bugs, which cyberattackers are actively exploiting.

The two zero-day vulnerabilities found in Firefox browsers are “use-after-free” exploits. It allows cyber attackers to use the bug to control their victims’ machines.

New Mozilla Firefox Update Fixes Two Actively Exploited Bugs

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On top of that, “use-after-free” bugs could use memory from a program that was previously removed. Once the hackers have already taken over the victim’s device without their consent, the program or application crashes.

The outlet further noted that critical exploits such as those found on Firefox do all sorts of things. The hackers could remotely attack their victims to perform many commands like installing malware to start the cyberattack.

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Firefox security vulnerabilities

According to a safety notice from the MozillaComment Foundation, the new version of Firefox fixed security flaws, which had a “high” impact.

The Mozilla Foundation then shared the two zero-day exploits that the new update has already resolved.

First, CVE-2022-26485, which has been abused by attackers in the wild, the nonprofit said. This was reported by the folks at 360 ATA, namely Yang Kang, Huang Yi, Liu Jialei, Du Sihang, and Wang Gang.

The second is called CVE-2022-26486, which Mozilla says has also been exploited in the wild. It was also reported to the creators of Firefox by the same people who first reported the vulnerability.

It should be noted that both of these Firefox exploits are alarmingly classified as “critical”.

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