With this Mozilla is hoping to significantly cut the number of users who are currently running old and vulnerable versions of the ubiquitous plug-in. However, it won't stop there -- the company has plans to add checks for other common plug-ins that are often insecure and users fail to upgrade like QuickTime, Reader, Silverlight and Java.
For now the checking will be limited, as it will only occur when a Firefox update is released, but apparently this is only the first step in a multi-step process to make Firefox safer. Starting with Firefox 3.6, for example, the plug-in check functionality should be available through the component currently used to upgrade conventional extensions.
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