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Firefox helps Chrome, Internet Explorer with security
The "Plugin Check" tool lets users of Apple's Safari 4, Google's Chrome 4 and Opera Software's Opera 10.5 scan their browsers for outdated plug-ins such as Apple's QuickTime or Adobe's Flash and Reader that are frequently targeted by hackers.
Support for Microsoft's browser is limited to IE7 and IE8, and the tool checks a smaller number of plug-ins for IE than it does for other browsers. "Since IE requires specific code to be written for each plug-in, it will take us a little longer to get to full coverage," said Johnathan Nightingale, director of Firefox development, in a post to Mozilla's security blog.
The tool detected Microsoft's own Silverlight and Adobe's Flash plug-ins in a test of IE8 by Computerworld, but failed to spot the Adobe Reader plug-in.
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