Mozilla confirms trojan-infected Firefox add-ons

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Mozilla confirms trojan-infected Firefox add-ons

Browser firm admits failing to spot malware.

Mozilla has admitted in a security notice that two experimental add-ons for its Firefox browser contain Trojans that affect Windows machines.

The firm has since removed the add-ons from its official pages, but estimates that around 5,000 instances have already been downloaded.

"Two experimental add-ons, Version 4.0 of Sothink Web Video Downloader and all versions of Master Filer, were found to contain Trojan code aimed at Windows users," said the company in a statement.

"Version 4.0 of Sothink Web Video Downloader contained Win32.LdPinch.gen, and Master Filer contained Win32.Bifrose.32.Bifrose Trojan. Both add-ons have been disabled on Add-Ons for Firefox."

Mozilla warned that users who have already downloaded the add-ons will become infected.

Simply installing the add-ons will execute the Trojan the next time Firefox starts, while uninstalling them will not eradicate the problem. The company advised the use of an anti-virus program to remove the malware.

Mac and Linux users are not affected.

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