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Mozilla teams with Blackberry on fuzzing Firefox

Improves Firefox's prospects on Blackberry OS 10
Wed Jul 31 2013, 14:51
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla is working with Blackberry on automated fault injection security testing more widely known as fuzzing.

Mozilla's Firefox web browser has been rapidly updated in the last two years with new releases every six weeks having significant improvements in performance. Now the firm has teamed up with Blackberry to work on fuzzing to detect security flaws before users are affected.

Fuzzing is the process of inserting malformed queries into a program with the express intent of trying to produce a fault, with Blackberry's contribution to this being the firm's existing security processes and infrastructure. According to Mozilla, Blackberry has been using third party fuzzers for a long time to weed out potential security problems with its software.

Adrian Stone, director of Blackberry Security Response and Threat Analysis said, "Security is an industry-wide challenge that cannot be solved in a vacuum, and that is why Blackberry and Mozilla security researchers are working together to develop new and innovative tools for detecting browser threats before they can affect both mobile and desktop customers.

"Through this collaboration, Blackberry and Mozilla are working together towards the common goal of advancing security protections for customers as well as improving the threat landscape overall."

Mozilla's collaboration with Blackberry could mean that its web browser eventually becomes the default in Blackberry OS 10, saving Blackberry the trouble of developing its own web browser.

Mozilla also introduced Minion, a security testing framework that aims to produce simple results for security testing that doesn't require the services of an experienced security researcher to validate.

These efforts should help Mozilla further harden its popular Firefox web browser against security threats. µ


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