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Mozilla Updates Firefox 24 With 17 Security Advisories

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The latest open-source Firefox browser release adds new user features and patches critical security vulnerabilities.

Mozilla on Sept. 17 released its latest open-source Firefox browser update for both Android as well as desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The Firefox 24 release is light on new user-facing features and heavy on security fixes, providing 17 security advisories, seven of which Mozilla has rated "critical."

Among the critical vulnerabilities that Mozilla is fixing in Firefox 24 are a number of memory safety related security issues.

"Mozilla developers identified and fixed several memory safety bugs in the browser engine used in Firefox and other Mozilla-based products," the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory (MFSA) 2013-76 states. "Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances, and we presume that with enough effort at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code."

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