Timeline of Mozilla shell: Security Vulnerability

Friday July 9th, 2004

Adam Sacarny writes: "I have created a timeline of the latest security bug. It shows how quickly the Mozilla developers handled the problem, tracking from the first mention in Bugzilla to the last CVS commit to the webpage. Readers get a peak into how development works over at, in particular into how security issues get resolved."

We reported on the shell: security vulnerability yesterday. A NewsForge commentary also praises the speed with which the exploit was patched. A slightly more pessimistic view can be found in an article from Enterprise Security Today (part of the NewsFactor Network) entitled Mozilla Security Nightmare Begins (according to Bart Decrem, the author of the article did contact the Mozilla Foundation for comments but they lost his number and could not return the call).

Update: Adam, author of the timeline, has written a followup post with further commentary on the bug and its fix.

#10 Why does this kind of functionality exist ....

by MadMaverick9

Saturday July 10th, 2004 4:55 AM

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Why does this kind of functionality exist in Mozilla in the first place?

Toooo much integration with the OS is what has caused/is causing a lot of problems with IE. So why are the Mozilla developers doing the same with Mozilla?

This makes me wonder now what other protocol handlers are implicitly enabled and coded into Mozilla which can cause headaches.

Simply said: shouldn't a browser be handling the file:, http:, https:, ftp: protocols only (plus javascript)? If I want my browser to handle other stuff, I should be required to add it explicitly through an installable extension and/or plugin.