Flaws in Mozilla's Handling of Security Certificates Discovered and Fixed

Tuesday July 27th, 2004

CNET is reporting that two new flaws in the way Mozilla handles security certificates have been discovered. The more serious vulnerability allows a site to appear to have a security certificate when it does not (bug 253121). The other hole makes it possible for an attacker to overwrite the root certificate authority certificates, causing an error message to appear whenever the user tries to access a (genuine) secure site (bug 249004). Both bugs have now been fixed, but updated end-user releases of Mozilla products are not yet available.

#21 Re: Re: Re: Re: Should we switch to IE meanwhile?

by mlefevre

Wednesday July 28th, 2004 5:23 PM

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Of course. The point is that Mozilla hasn't yet got a solution for anyone except nightly build users and people that compile their own builds. So if you've got those 10,000 computers with Mozilla on them, there's no way of fixing them.

Remains to be seen what's going to happen with this one, but generally with Mozilla stuff the only way to fix security problems is to do a full installation of a new version.