Mozilla announced a new Firefox update will be rolled out tomorrow, one of the special things about this update is that it will check for outdated versions of Adobe's Flash Player. Outdated versions of Flash Player are plagued by security holes, which are increasingly the target of hackers.
One security expert applauded the news. "This is a great way of improving the security of Web browsers," said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at security firm Qualys, in a blog entry Saturday. "Flash is often used by attackers to exploit client machines and unfortunately notoriously difficult to update, requiring, on Windows, different update packages for Internet Explorer and all other browsers."
Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14, security updates for the newest Firefox 3.5 and 2008's Firefox 3.0, respectively, are set to release Sept. 8. After installing either of those two updates, Firefox users will see a message if their computer has an out-of-date version of Flash Player. "You should update Adobe Flash right now," the message will read. "Firefox is up to date, but your current version of Flash can cause security and stability issues. Please install the free update as soon as possible."