Jon Lasser on the Mozilla Security Bugs Policy

Thursday October 10th, 2002

Ismail Donmez writes: "Jon Lasser on SecurityFocus has an interesting article about's security policy." The column discusses the accusations that is covering up security holes and questions whether every bug actually needs wide publicity. As always,'s security bugs policy is available online.

#1 Aaron

by Racer

Thursday October 10th, 2002 10:37 AM

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The way I see it, if the bug is only known to the people inside Mozilla who are working on it (and maybe the outside people that reported it), then the specifics of exploiting the bug should be kept under wraps for a time. This way people can work on fixing the bug and get a patch in before it even becomes a really problem.

However, if the security bug 1) goes unfixed for over a month, or 2) becomes common knowledge (such as being posted in detail on another website or newsgroup), it should be disclosed fully to expedite the bug getting fixed by appealing to the public for suggestions/code/etc.