Mozilla is working to fix a browser flaw that could give attackers unauthorised access to data on a victim's machine.
Hackers have discovered a number of flaws in recent months that take advantage of the way that browsers pass information between different components within the Windows operating system. Some of these URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) protocol handler flaws have led to serious security problems for both Firefox and Internet Explorer.
This latest flaw affects only certain Firefox add-ons, such as the Download Statusbar or Greasemonkey, which store scripts in a fashion that lets them be discovered on the hard drive, said Window Snyder, Mozilla's security chief in a Wednesday blog posting. Firefox is investigating the issue and has rated it as a low-severity problem, she said.