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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 …

Mozilla will patch zero-day Firefox bug to fizzle man-in-the-middle diddle

Mozilla will patch a flaw in Firefox that can be exploited by well-resourced attackers to impersonate the browser's software update servers – and thus inject malicious code into victims' computers. This vulnerability can, for one thing, be exploited to unmask people using the Tor project's Firefox-based anonymizing web browser …
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2016
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Brave idea: Ex Mozilla man punts Bitcoin adblocking browser

Browser upstart Brave is now letting you contribute Bitcoin to websites in return for ad-blocking. Beta version 0.11.6 of Brave has activated its Brave Payments, which lets you send micropayments to websites as a reward for not hitting you with ads or trackers. You turn on Brave Payments from within the open-source browser’s …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Sep 2016
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Mozilla breathes petition-of-fire at EU copyright laws

The Mozilla Foundation has decided the time is right to scorch the European Union's copyright law, which it says “undermines innovation and creativity on the internet.” Mozilla's beef includes a lamentation of the EU's lack of a universal fair use law, which it says means “In some parts of the EU, making a meme is technically …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

LOGOWATCH Poll Mozilla's attempt to find a new logo has reached the point at which it is willing to share seven new hot spring/summer looks with the world*. There they are at the top of the story (or here for those of you reading our mobile site or apps) and if you click here we've uploaded a lovely large version so you can really pore over …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016

Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

Mozilla is trying out a new experimental feature in Firefox that lets you smash through annoying 404 dead-ends. The "404 No More" feature uses copies of webpages from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to replace 404 "not found" errors with something more useful. If you visit a link to a page that's disappeared, Firefox …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Aug 2016

Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

Firefox will next month automatically block invisible Flash content that users cannot see when loading a page, says Mozilla as it continues its campaign against Adobe's plugin. This should protect netizens from dodgy webpages that load hidden malicious Flash files that attempt to infect their computers with malware or perform …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

Mozilla says it will next month ship the first official Firefox build that sports code written in its more-secure-than-C Rust programming language. The Firefox 48 build – due out August 2 – will include components developed using Rust, Moz's C/C++-like systems language that focuses on safety, speed and concurrency. It's hoped …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2016

Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

Mozilla has started publishing nightly in-development builds of its experimental Servo browser engine so anyone can track the project's progress. Executables for macOS and GNU/Linux are available right here to download and test drive even if you're not a developer. If you are, the open-source engine's code is here if you want …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Jul 2016

What do Tor, Tails and Caddy have in common? Mozilla bucks

Mozilla has announced the latest round of awards under its Open Source Support (MOSS) program. The Firefox builder said that it will pay out a total of $385K to eight different projects covering areas including protecting privacy and anonymity and extending access for those with disabilities. The "Mission Partner" awards are …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2016

Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

The Mozilla Foundation, which last year flagged its intention to push Thunderbird out of its nest, reckons it's identified possible new homes – including itself. In a report provided to Mozilla by Simon Phipps, the Software Freedom Conservancy and The Document Foundation are named as possible hosts for the project. Phipps …

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