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Ten Million Mozilla Users Just Got More Secure


Netstat -vat by Sean Michael Kerner (bio)

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From the 'Sad But True' files:

Last week Mozilla rolled out Firefox 3.5.3, which checks the user's version of Adobe Flash. As it turns out, in one week alone, 10 million people clicked on the Adobe update, according to Mozilla.

That's a staggering number. That potentially means that 10 million people were running older out-of-date and insecure versions of Flash. It means that despite Adobe's own efforts to get people to update with their own update mechanisms and public outreach that 10 million people were still left out of the loop.

Flash is at risk from a critical vulnerability that Adobe has already patched. Yet there are still a good number of un-patched Flash users. One study I reported on last month claimed that the number is as high as 80 percent of Flash users.

How does that correlate with Mozilla's numbers? Are 80 percent of Firefox users running un-patched versions of Firefox?

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