Mozilla and Security

Tuesday March 28th, 2000

Nothing like a little rhetoric to get you hopping in the morning. This latest comes from some guy called AP who made a submission to Slashdot regarding a discussion currently going on in In it, he states that the Mozilla team is contemplating limiting access to security bugs, implying that the team is substituting obscurity for security. He fans the flames by saying "Are Mozilla developers missing the point of open source (implying open security bugs) or are they under pressure from Netscape?"

If you read the discussion thread titled "Security bugs and disclosure" in, you will see that the discussion is not exactly what AP portrayed, and members are actually having a serious discussion about disclosure, security and Open Source. This is what Open Source is about, people!!! What kind of access would you have to this kind of discussion if the process was closed? Open Source isn't just about open code - it's about open discussion, as well. And has provided ample opportunity for discussion regarding practically every level of the development process. I think the fact that AP came across this discussion at all proves that the discussion process is adequately open.

If you have opinions regarding this, you should feel free to post them in the security newsgroup, but please read the previous posts in the thread, because they are reasonable posts from people who are trying to do the right thing.

#5 Re: First Response

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Tuesday March 28th, 2000 9:22 AM

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Things like this anonymous, undocumented accusations (mozilla team && security reporting) are generally a waste of time. And of course the first thing I would do is check the slashdot access.logs and start doing iptracing ...jk. No really, please people to benefit the community, our community, if you make statements like this say where on earth you got this idea. Otherwise you look like an idiot. To the mozilla team, to shutup idiots like this in the future just reply with a 5-line response saying "You're a complete idiot, go back to efnet #cgi where you belong" in so many words... cheers! ms