Firefox on Wired Cover and in Security Focus

Looks Firefox is going to be on the cover of Wired Magazine. Firefox is certainly the hot topic and has a lot of momentum. A lot of developers have put in a lot of work to get this far and they should get credit for that.

I just hope they learn from IE’s mistakes and start taking security more seriously. Haven’t they figured out that it’s not the security features they’ve been touting (like cookie policies and blocking pop-ups) that matter and the simple things like buffer overflows in Mozilla that will kill them and make them just as bad as IE? It’s really tough to build truly secure software and it looks like they are headed down the same learning curve as IE. At least they have the advantage of seeing where it took IE and the lack of users. If they even had 50% market share, you can bet someone would be exploiting this and other code defects in Firefox.

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  1. You’re right on the money there. Until something is targeted for an attack you won’t kow how "safe" it truly is. Ideally security should be built into the product’s developement cycle early on. In the past security is pinned on as an afterthought as it is perceived to be "a hinderance". Although I have seen improvements in this area there are many legacy systems that are just to hard to properly retrofit and then you have your patch dujour to make the code even more blouted. I’m not a programmer (nor to I play one on TV) but my work does involve computer security. Let’s hope that Firefox does learn from the mistakes of others.

  2. You’re right on the money there. Until something is targeted for an attack you won’t kow how "safe" it truly is. Ideally security should be built into the product’s developement cycle early on. In the past security is pinned on as an afterthought as it is perceived to be "a hinderance". Although I have seen improvements in this area there are many legacy systems that are just to hard to properly retrofit and then you have your patch dujour to make the code even more blouted. I’m not a programmer (nor to I play one on TV) but my work does involve computer security. Let’s hope that Firefox does learn from the mistakes of others.

  3. You’re right on the money there. Until something is targeted for an attack you won’t kow how "safe" it truly is. Ideally security should be built into the product’s developement cycle early on. In the past security is pinned on as an afterthought as it is perceived to be "a hinderance". Although I have seen improvements in this area there are many legacy systems that are just to hard to properly retrofit and then you have your patch dujour to make the code even more blouted. I’m not a programmer (nor to I play one on TV) but my work does involve computer security. Let’s hope that Firefox does learn from the mistakes of others.

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