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Bugs in Firefox, Chrome, Edge Allow Remote System Hijacking

January 8, 2021

Makers of the Chrome, Firefox and Edge browsers are urging users to patch critical vulnerabilities that if exploited allow hackers to hijack systems running the software.

The Mozilla Firefox vulnerability (CVE-2020-16044) is separate from a bug reported in Google’s browser engine Chromium, which is used in the Google Chrome browser and Microsoft’s latest version of its Edge browser.

Critical Firefox Use-After-Free Bug

On Thursday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) urged users of Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox browser to patch a bug, tracked as CVE-2020-16044, and rated as critical.

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