Flaws in Mozilla's Handling of Security Certificates Discovered and Fixed

Tuesday July 27th, 2004

CNET is reporting that two new flaws in the way Mozilla handles security certificates have been discovered. The more serious vulnerability allows a site to appear to have a security certificate when it does not (bug 253121). The other hole makes it possible for an attacker to overwrite the root certificate authority certificates, causing an error message to appear whenever the user tries to access a (genuine) secure site (bug 249004). Both bugs have now been fixed, but updated end-user releases of Mozilla products are not yet available.

#12 Re: Should we switch to IE meanwhile?

by raiph

Wednesday July 28th, 2004 7:32 AM

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I think it is an excellent meme to put out there, from both service-to-public and service-to-mozilla-marketing perspectives, that being able and prepared to switch back and forth between browsers is smart. It takes very little effort. I have both Firefox and IE icons on my desktop, and use whichever is appropriate. For the last few months I've never clicked on the IE icon, but it's there if I feel I need it.