This timeline of the discovery of a critical flaw in Mozilla is amazing. It took a scant 31 hours between the moment the bug was first reported to the moment that you could download a patched version of all different Mozilla flavours and derivatives.
July 7 - 13:46 GMT - Keith McCanless files a bug in the Bugzilla Database reporting a new vulnerability. It exploits the windows "shell:" handler and allows a malicious web page to execute a program on a client's computer (The program has to already be present on the computer). McCanless notes that the bug is "BOTH a security concern and a DOS," since if the link points to a nonexistent file, it makes the Mozilla browser spawn off endless amounts of new windows. The bug is marked private since it is security-related; only developers with proper clearance can see it. (source)...
July 7 - 18:16 GMT - Mozilla developer "timeless" creates patch closing vulnerability. He posts the patch on the Bugzilla Database so that other developers can approve it. (source) The bug had been known to the world for a matter of hours before a patch was created to fix it
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for escapist relief is perhaps more dire than usual right now. This fall, if it’s drama you crave, but the Hillary […]
Geek Fuel is a subscription delivery service that caters to those of us that love comics, gaming, and general geek culture. Every month, Geek Fuel will assemble a box of goodies with a value of $50 or over. The specific items are a mystery, but you’ll always get an exclusive t-shirt not found anywhere else, a full […]
If you like to DIY and you like helicopters, you’re going to really love the Flexbot Hexacopter Kit. This copter blows traditional models out of the water: it includes everything you need to actually build your own hexacopter, and then pilot it like a pro, too.The construction is complicated enough to give you a challenge, […]
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