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Re: [News] Could the Lastest Firefox FUD be Sponsored by Microsoft?

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Jim <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Roy Schestowitz came up with this when s/he headbutted the keyboard a moment
> ago in comp.os.linux.advocacy:
>> ToorCon ("Firefox security is a mess") sponsored by Microsoft
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Lately, I read the headline: "Open Source browser Firefox is so
>> | critically flawed that it is impossible to fix, according to two
>> | hackers." Further on, in the ZDNet article I read: "The hackers claim
>> | they know of about 30 unpatched Firefox flaws. They don't plan to
>> | disclose them, instead holding onto the bugs."
>> | 
>> | Since that sounds suspicious, I decided to start searching for
>> | connections with MS. Easy enough, here it is...
>> `----
>> http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/70873/index.html
> Some points to bolster suspicion here:
> 1. Real hackers are invisible. You don't know they're there.
> 2. Real hackers are secretive. You don't know what tools they're using.
> 3. Real hackers are silent. Even if they /do/ find a vulnerability in a
> system, they won't even tell other hackers (see points 1 and 2), never mind
> the press or the authorities. Because they want to carry on using those
> vulnerabilities.
> 4. Real hackers don't do it for money. They do it for kicks.
> 5. Real hackers /do/ /no/ /harm/. (when was the last time you heard of a
> previously unknown vulnerability in a system being exploited to a point
> where someone gets injured or killed?)
> 6. Real hackers want /information/. That is what they live for. 
<snip amusing diatribe>

This does probably show why Erik's recently been making a series of
false claims regarding the speed at which Firefox is patched.  Clearly
MS are trying to FUD Firefox to death, as they're unable to compete with
it in any other way.  This would be, of course, the same approach
they've always used for everything else.

They're far too late to seriously affect it now.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
Q:	Heard about the <ethnic> who couldn't spell?
A:	He spent the night in a warehouse.

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