Opera attacks Mozilla over security flaw disclosure

By Justin Mann on February 18, 2008, 6:13 PM
Public security flaw disclosures are pretty common in the open source software field. In fact, they are pretty common in general with any well-used application, as it is hard to control who says what. Most people, including developers, consider that to be a good thing, citing it as a way for software to become better over time.

The Opera team apparently disagrees, attacking Mozilla for their recent disclosure of a bug that affects both the Firefox and Opera browsers. The flaw, which was fixed in the newest version of Firefox, was posted last week as a security advisory by Mozilla. Opera says that Mozilla did not give them enough time prior to publishing the advisory, giving them only a single day to react. Interestingly, the actual advisory did not mention Opera, but according to them, such actions still put Opera users at risk. Then again it could have been anybody, not just Mozilla, that published the information about security flaw. Would Opera have had the same reaction if it was, say, Secunia?

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Nirkon said:
I think thats disgraceful for Mozilla, and no, they wouldn't be the same reaction because Secunia doesn't do it like that... now just for that I want Opera to find a huge FireFox flaw, a huge hole, and report it on their website, and while their at it, include the execution code...
icye said:
The writer makes a valid point if it had been a company that is not in direct competition with them disclosing the flaw. I bet Opera wouldn't be mouthing off.
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