Most popular browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are facing several security threats, say technology experts. Users, particularly in India are warned to take security measures against arbitrary activities happening on these browsers.
“Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey which could be exploited by a remote attacker to bypass certain security restrictions, disclose potentially sensitive information, gain escalated privileges, execute arbitrary code and causes denial of service condition on the affected system,” the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-IN) said in its latest advisory to online users in the country.
”The two web browsers are an important tool for Internet surfing among Indian online consumers. The anomalies have been detected recently and it would be advised that users upgrade their existing versions sooner than later. These activities are mischiefs on part of hackers or they are harmful viruses,” a cyber security expert told.
There could be memory corruption, unwarranted downloads, loss of data and failure of some services, experts said. The CERT-In has issued a list of versions of the problem facing browsers and advised immediate upgrade.