Public Service Announcement

If you are using Mozilla, Firefox or Thunderbird on a Windows box, you should upgrade to the latest version now.

The reason for this is a security vulnerability on the Windows platform involving the shell: protocol handler. It has been suggested that this security issue only came about because the Mozilla applications were being “good windows applications” in the first place by handling this protocol. But, whatever the reason for the flaw, it has been found and fixed within one day. This is obviously A Good Thing™. If only more application creators would squash flaws with such tenacity.

So, if you’re a Windows user, you should go and read what Mozilla users should know about the shell: protocol security issue and then update your browsers accordingly.

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