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Firefox bares teeth, attacks sites that collect personal data

Shoddy sites will have fewer places to hide with Firefox joining Chrome in badging cleartext sites that collect personal information as insecure. Mozilla's labels won't be as prominent as Google's, introduced this year, which places the red letter label in the address bar. Firefox will instead tuck its warning in the same spot …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jan 2017
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Mozilla wants infosec activism to be the next green movement

Mozilla has issued a prototype of its first internet health report in a bid to make humans give security and privacy the same level of attention they devote to climate change. The prototype report details rising breaches affecting healthcare and medical industries but largely serves as a pulpit from which the browser baron and …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2017
Mozilla's logo confuses the heck outta Safari

Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

LOGOWATCH Mozilla, sorry Moz://a's new logo is causing problems because it doesn't work when typed into browsers' address bars. As depicted at the top of this story, or here for m.reg readers), the new logo is confusing Safari. Chrome and Firefox interpret it as a search term. Developers are sufficiently concerned about those outcomes …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2017
Mozilla's new logo for 2017

Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

LOGOWATCH When Mozilla floated new logo designs last August The Reg polled readers to ask which of the eight candidates you felt would best represent the open sourcerers. You picked the design we named "Remind me again which one is the backslash and which one is a forwardslash?" And so did Mozilla, which has now announced that the logo …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2017
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Dovecot mailserver graded 'nearly impenetrable'

POP and IMAP mailserver suite Dovecot has passed an extensive audit by hackers, who were able to find only three minor vulnerabilities. Dovecot is especially popular with service providers, so the news that four Cure53 researchers have given it a "thoroughly all-encompassing" audit and found the software to have "excellent …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jan 2017
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Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January

The Mozilla Foundation has outlined plans to add more multi-process features to its Firefox browser. Firefox has had limited multi-process capabilities since version 48, when they were added to enhance security and stability. This is basically a sandboxing play: Firefox's developers feel that if the core browser, each tab and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016

Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

Mozilla popped out a new browser today, aimed at the privacy-aware mobile user. Somewhat ironically, it sends Mozilla user data by default: you’ll need to turn this off manually. FireFox Focus blocks ad trackers, analytics trackers and social network tracers by default, although some tracking is permitted. That can be disabled …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Nov 2016
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Google punts WoSign, StartCom from good guy certificate club

Google is set to jettison certificate authorities WoSign and StartCom next year in a move that shores up wider efforts to neuter the two companies. Mountain View's move follows public announcements by Mozilla and Apple that they would not trust the authorities' certificates after the pair the pair incorrectly issued base …
Darren Pauli, 2 Nov 2016

WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla on Monday announced preview versions of WebAssembly, a low-level safe binary format designed to allow C/C++ code to run in web browsers. Once WebAssembly, or wasm, matures and appears in browsers, it will allow developers to create native applications, and web applications with native code …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2016
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IndexedDB pulls away from less-loved web storage options

The Indexed Database API 2.0 has arrived in draft form, promising a variety of improvements in the way developers of web applications can store data in browsers. IndexedDB is a JavaScript-based object-oriented database within modern browsers. It began taking shape in 2011 and, after years in draft form, it met with W3C …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016

Mozilla plots TLS 1.3 future for Firefox

Mozilla has decided it needs to lift its HTTPS game, and will default to TLS 1.3 in next year's Firefox 52. Mozilla principal engineer Martin Thomson let developers know about the decision in an e-mail last Friday. “TLS 1.3 removes old and unsafe cryptographic primitives, it is built using modern analytic techniques to be …

Facebook is writing a Mercurial server in Rust. This is not a drill

Between Git and Mercurial, the two most popular distributed version control systems in use today for managing software development, Git gets most of the attention. Git was created by Linus Torvalds, which gives it a pedigree. And it has benefited from the popularity of commercial services built around the technology, like …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2016

Heads roll as Qihoo 360 moves to end WoSign, StartCom certificate row

After being pinged by Mozilla for issuing backdated SHA-1 certificates, Chinese certificate authority WoSign's owner has put the cleaners through the management of WoSign and StartCom. Mozilla put WoSign and StartCom on notice at the end of September. As part of its response, the company has posted around 200,000 certificates …

Apple chops woeful WoSign HTTPS certs from iOS, macOS

While Mozilla's democracy decides what to do about WoSign, Apple's dictatorship has issued its edict: the Chinese certificate authority WoSign will be thrown out of Cupertino's trust list. As we reported last week, after a lengthy investigation, Mozilla engineers accused WoSign of: Backdating certificates so it could still …

Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

Mozilla is investigating hooking up Google Chrome's builtin plugins to Firefox. The foundation's Project Mortar hopes to spare its developers from building and improving non-core components of Firefox by instead providing the same software interfaces that Chromium, the open-source engine of Chrome, provides. That will allow …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Oct 2016
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Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox development team has decided enough is enough and will stop supporting Windows XP and Vista in March 2017 and also bin Firefox OS. The OS first. In this post Mozillans Ari Jaaksi and David Bryant, respectively the head of connected devices and veep for platform engineering, write that “By the …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2016
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Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

Mozilla wants to kick Chinese certificate authority (CA) WoSign out of its trust program. As well as being worried about the certs issued by WoSign, Mozilla accuses the company of buying another CA, StartCom, without telling anyone. In this lengthy analysis posted to Google Docs, Mozilla says its certificate wonks have "... …
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Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

Mozilla developers have released a new JavaScript debugger for Firefox. It's hoped the new "Debugger.html" will replace todays XUL-based debugger, which the project's Bryan Clark describes as “incredibly hard to change”. That may not necessarily happen, because Clark notes there's another team in Firefox that's working on …

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