Security once again is top of mind for the Firefox browser, and Firefox 27 will be the first browser from Mozilla to include default support for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 specification. TLS is a cornerstone Internet security technology that is the successor to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). TLS 1.2 was first defined in August 2008, offering security enhancements over prior versions of TLS and SSL.
“Like new versions of most software, shipping TLS 1.2 is an upgrade to TLS with improvements, additional extensions to TLS, and support for new and stronger ciphers,” Sid Stamm, privacy and security engineer at Mozilla, told eWEEK. “Without getting into the weeds, it is the next logical step in offering sites support for the latest standards with the protections they want.”