New Firefox Version Heightens Debate Over Browser Security

The Mozilla Foundation on Wednesday pushed out a new version of Firefox to patch three vulnerabilities, just days after a major security firm said the open-source browser had 60 percent more vulnerabilities in the last half of 2004 than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The group released Firefox 1.0.2 on its site to fix three flaws, including one inherited from Netscape in processing .gif image files. That bug was discovered by Internet Security Systems (ISS), and if hackers were able to get users to visit sites or view e-mail messages with specially-crafted .gif files, they could take control of their PCs.

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