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.

#29 Bottom Line

by kb7iuj <>

Monday July 12th, 2004 11:26 AM

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Mozilla's track record has been consistently better than Internet Explorer's at security. That doesn't mean perfect; it means better. Microsoft & Co. have a long way to go towards cleaning up their own software security issues, and in the meantime, Symantec and McAfee will make a pile of money off Microsoft's software.

How much money does Symantec and/or McAfee make off Mozilla Foundation products?