Updates to both Firefox 3.0 and 3.5 due this week (currently scheduled for the 9th) will see the introduction of a check for outdated versions of Adobe's Flash Player in a bid to improve security for web users. Flash Player has become a frequent target for hackers looking to undermine the security of web browsers, and with many users not staying up to date, a large number of machines can still be vulnerable even after a fix is released.
Upon updating Firefox to the latest version (3.5.3 or 3.0.14) users will be presented with a message urging them to install the latest version of Flash should it be found the plug-in is not up date. With a similar goal in mind, Mozilla will be publishing a page on its site later in the month that will allow users to check the whether other plug-ins are currently up to date. It will also be working with other companies with the goal of having Firefox 3.6 detect the status of a range of popular plug-ins, such as Apple's Quicktime and Sun's Java.