Mozilla hires former MS employee to help trim down Firefox

By Justin Mann on September 15, 2006, 11:55 AM
It seems many companies are looking to dip into Microsoft's employee pool. Most recently, Mozilla has hired a former Microsoft security strategist to help them in the development of their software, most notably Firefox. Window Snyder will be joining the Mozilla team, and she will be looking for ways to improve Firefox security by dumping redundant code. While that may seem counter to the nature of Firefox, especially considering all the criticism Microsoft receives for their security policies, less code means less of a chance for bugs and less time spent in pouring over it.

"We want to reduce the overall risk [to Firefox] by evaluating where there are unused features, and then getting rid of that old code... We want Firefox to have a tighter code base," she told Techworld. Snyder founded security consultancy @stake before joining Microsoft, where she was involved in signing off the code for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003, before leaving to found Matasano Security. She joined Mozilla last week.
Inevitably, the older a program becomes and the more revisions it goes under, the more code that is unused or unneeded will be lying around. Cutting the fat, even if it's something that no one would normally pay attention to, is usually a good idea.

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