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.

#14 Re: IE STILL has this bug / exploit

by brobinson

Saturday July 10th, 2004 1:26 PM

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I don't see any evidence that IE would execut arbitrary code as they claimed Mozilla would. In fact, when I try to open an known executable, it prompts me to download or open the executable. The concern with Mozilla was that it would auto-execute the program with the arguments given to it by the website (the arguments make the exploit dangerous). IE apparently does not allow this as it probably used to.