Bug hunters appear to be in a race to uncover new security flaws in both Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7, which Microsoft released last week. Word of what appears to be the first publicly disclosed IE 7 vulnerability came Wednesday.
At least two bug reports that indicated they affected the new Firefox release crossed over popular security mailing lists this week. But Mozilla on Wednesday downplayed those claims.
"I would call it just noise," said Window Snyder, Mozilla's security chief. The two issues don't present any real risk to Firefox users, she said.
One of the problems is related to a vulnerability that was patched in an earlier version of Firefox. A report on the Bugtraq mailing list suggested that the issue, labeled "critical" by Mozilla, resurfaced in Firefox 2.
The report is incorrect, Snyder said. "The vulnerabilities that were identified were actually fixed."
However, there is a related problem that can cause Firefox to crash. "The exploitable issues are fixed. There is a crash, but it is a denial of service," Snyder said. "We're going to look at it and make sure there is really nothing there."
Another report on the Full Disclosure mailing list suggested that there is a flaw in Firefox 2 that could be exploited to aid in cyberscams.
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