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.

#21 Re: Re: Re: Need help? Do it yourself

by Gnu

Saturday July 10th, 2004 10:06 PM

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And protocol handlers are NOT just a Windows problem -- although it's likely exacerbated by the fact that permissions are generally more lax with Windows users, a consideration that must be taken into account when developing general-use Win32 network apps.

But that wasn't the point I was trying to make, anyway. The point is that turn-around time on patches isn't that significant in a home user environment, and that now is the time for advocacy to start looking in new directions.