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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 mozilla.org, 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.


#25 Re: Why the gloating?

by SbooX

Sunday July 11th, 2004 12:26 PM

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I completely agree. It seems pretty obvious that Mozilla.org knew this was a potential security hole as of 2002-09-09. Naturally, I'm glad that it was fixed so quickly after a specific exploit was released, but if this was MS and they knew about a problem for almost two years and did nothing, we all know what would be all over the front page of slashdot right now.