December 17, 2008, 5:24 PM — Microsoft's Internet Explorer security patch is now available, as is a security update for Mozilla's Firefox browser. Here's a breakdown of what you need and where you can get it.
Microsoft's IE patch, coded KB960714 and part of Security Bulletin MS08-078, is considered a critical update for all Internet Explorer users. It fixes the much-publicized Internet Explorer flaw found last week that can let remote attackers gain access to your passwords and personal information. The fix is recommended for users of IE5, IE6, IE7, and IE8 beta 2.
-- Read the official Microsoft Security Bulletin
-- Read the detailed description for IT professionals
-- Download the IE patch now
Firefox Security Updates
Mozilla's security updates come in the form of new Firefox versions: Firefox 3.0.5 for 3x users, and Firefox 18.104.22.168 for 2x users.
The 3.0.5 update fixes a handful of security issues found in the 3.0.4 browser and repairs several stability problems as well. It also adds extra language support, improves the installation process, fixes some accessibility problems, and strengthens the Firefox crash reporter tool.
The 22.214.171.124 update handles only the basic security issues. It is the last planned update for the 2x series of Firefox, and Mozilla is recommending any remaining 2x users upgrade to the 3.0.5 version soon.
-- Read the official 126.96.36.199 release notes
-- Download the Firefox 188.8.131.52 update now
-- Read the official 3.0.5 release notes
-- Download the Firefox 3.0.5 update now