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.

#7 And one more thing:

by Kob

Saturday July 10th, 2004 1:15 AM

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If Mozilla Org wants to get ready for the flood of FF 1.0 users, they should announce security fixes that garner wide public review on <> main page, or at least on Support's main page. I spent 5 minutes looking for it, pretending to be Joe The User who just wanted to know if his FF browser is vulnerable, and could not find any reference to it. The Release Notes under the FF0.91/0.92 heading on the home page only refer to 0.9 great features...