May 23 — Last week, Tesla was hacked. This week, Mozilla Firefox.
In 8 seconds, at the PWN2OWN event in Vancouver, the talented cyber security hacker by the name of Manfred Paul managed to identify a double Firefox exploit. The event came to an end on Friday May 20th.
Paul’s Mozilla Firefox findings earned him $100,000 in a bounty prize. Later in the day, Paul managed to win another $50,000 for a successful exploit within the Apple Safari browser.
Firefox technical details
Although the full technical details have yet to see release, both vulnerabilities were rated as of ‘critical’ impact. Read on to see descriptions of the vulnerabilities:
Firefox user information
For the majority of users, there’s not much to do in relation to these bugs. Upon receiving the bug information, the Mozilla Foundation quickly took action, and released an emergency update for Firefox, effectively patching the flaw.
Firefox will automatically update by default, unless users keep the browser running without restarts or have disabled automatic updated. In such cases, individuals are encouraged to download, install and restart devices as needed.