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In an effort to protect its users privacy, the developers of Firefox web browser have made some serious changes that will allow to encrypt non https (http://) traffic.
How is that even possible? You can thank opportunistic encryption, a technique, which encrypts the communication when connecting to another system. As a result, Firefox will route HTTP (port 80) requests that are usually sent in the cleartext to a port of server administrator’s choice. In addition to that, users won’t experience any delays as connections will be fully established before they are even used.
A total of $442,000 paid in bounties to all contestants.
Well, it seems like no one was safe in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking competition as all 4 major web browsers have failed to protect the users.
The star of this contest however was Jung Hoon Lee (lokihardt) who has managed to reap $225,000 in rewards, breaking through Chrome’s security with a buffer overflow (which earned him $110,000) and then exploiting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ($65,000 in rewards), followed by Apple’s Safari ($50,000 in rewards).
That should be enough to improve his life for good.
With a giant ad.
As you might remember, Mozilla and Google have parted their ways and decided not to renew the default search engine agreement, fortunately for the open source organization, Yahoo! stepped in and both companies have signed a new deal, which also lead in an increase of market share for the search giant.
Well, it looks like Google is no longer happy with the new deal as they started asking Firefox users to set Google as their default search engine:
February, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Down
It’s time to do the desktop.
As Microsoft continues to work on Spartan, it’s predecessor is in a downtrend as last month Internet Explorer’s market share decreased again (by 0.8 point this time), down from 58.18% to 57.38%
Are you ready for some games?
Back when we started this blog, 64 bit software and browsers especially were just a dream. Now, it seems like everyone is working or already has one.
Latest to join the party (on Windows) is Mozilla, which has recently released the 64 bit version of Firefox dubbed Developer Edition.
Apple tops the OS chart.
In the recently published study by GFI, which took a database of vulnerabilities that were published in 2014 and created a chart that makes sense, it looks like Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer still has a long way to go until it‘s no longer the most vulnerable web browser out there.
As you can see in the chart below, the top application by vulnerabilities reported in 2014 was indeed Internet Explorer (242), followed by Google Chrome (124) and Firefox (117).
Back in 2012, Mozilla has announced a new and open source project called “Shumway”, which had a goal to replace Adobe’s Flash player with a web native runtime implementation of the SWF file format. Basically, it’s a HTML5 based tech that does not require native code to render SWF files.
Now, it looks like the project has passed a significant milestone as the latest nightly builds of Firefox for Windows and Mac include Shumway by default.
If you have bought a Lenovo laptop this or last year and haven’t heard yet, one of the most successful PC makers has been caught installing adware on a number of machines with reports starting from mid-2014.
Basically, a software called Superfish is injecting third party ads on Google searches. Not only that, it also injects its own certificate, allowing to snoop on secure connections and decrypt them. Just take a look at this screenshot:
In an effort to protects its users and reduce the number of malicious add-ons, the open source organization has announced its plans to enforce extension signing, which means that starting from Q2, 2015, developers will have to get a signature verification from Mozilla. The extension signing warnings will first appear on Firefox 39.
If you haven’t experienced or tested the Spartan yet (and by that we mean IE’s new rendering engine) then here’s something that I am sure a lot are curious about: a set of tests that compare Spartan versus other web browsers, including IE.
Thanks to guys at AnandTech, that’s exactly what they did with Windows 10 build 9926 running on Core i7-860.
Here are the results: