The 5th Pwn2Own contest is here and there are some special treats for all you exploiters.
In addition to already offered prizes by Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) (a total is $105,000), Google Inc. will also be giving away a CR-48 laptop running Google Chrome OS and $20,000 to one lucky hacker who will exploit a security hole in Google Chrome web browser.
Contestants are welcomed to hack the following browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
All of them will be running on a 64-bit, Windows 7 or OS X machines.
As for Opera inclusion, it’s still the same “low market share” argument.
With a great year for web browsers that 2010 was, it’s time to dive in directly into 2011 and check the very first month market share stats.
Internet Explorer continues the downtrend with a 1.08 point drop, from 57.08% to 56.00%.
With the upcoming Firefox 4 release, Mozilla’s web browser is still struggling to gain any significant market share, this time it lost a 0.06 point, down from 22.81% to 22.75%.
Just few weeks after the Beta 9 release, here comes the next-to-last Beta build of Firefox web browser.
What’s changed? Improvements in memory usage, various stability enhancements and over 500 bug fixes.
However, with release cycle pickup up speed, you should expect Beta 11 at the end of January (31st) or very early February.
If you’ve been expecting Firefox 5 sometime next year then we have some good news for you.
According to Brendan Eich, the CTO of Mozilla, company is ready to speed up their release cycle and introduce Firefox 5 at the some point of this year.
Cast a colder eye on your blockers. Some of them can wait for a dot release or Firefox 5 that I do believe will be only months after 4 comes out. We are going to a fast release cycle. It serves our users better. To do that we have to get this touch and go done with Firefox 4.
If everything goes as planned, we should see the Final build of Firefox 4 sometime next monmth.
After Optimized Firefox for Windows post, here is something for Linux users to play with.
According to the website, Swiftfox is an optimized Firefox version for Linux that it is using the “most cutting edge” Firefox source code and is available for both, AMD and Intel processors.
Unlike “The Pale Moon Project”, it has little to none information about the exact optimizations and/or performance improvements.
However, if you are still interested in, give it a try.
There are times when using mouse is not an option and for such cases, Mouseless Browsing is a perfect add-on to install.
It’s compatible with Firefox 3.0 as well as the upcoming (Firefox 4.0) builds.
* Supports numeric as well as character ids; character set configurable
* Option to show ids before entire page is loaded
* Configurable modifiers to open link in new tab/window/Cooliris Previews
* Configuration option to use numpad exclusively for Mouseless Browsing
* Configuration options to define for which elements ids should be shown (form element, links, pure image links, frames, other clickable elements)
* Smart positioning of ids: Ids for image links, textfields, selectboxes are placed in the right upper corner to minimize the impact on the page layout.
* Possibility to configure URL specific behavior (black/whitelist)
* Configurable shortcuts for all Mouseless Browsing actions
• Microsoft to Reveal Internet Explorer Mobile Plans
During the CES, one of the audience members has asked Microsoft’s Dean…
Still plenty of bugs.
As the Release Candidate build is just around the corner, Mozilla has released the 9th Beta of Firefox 4 web browser.
With more than 600 bug fixes, overhaul of the bookmarks and history code (increasing overall performance) and reducing workload during complex animations (thanks to per-compartment garbage collection), company is slowly approaching the Final release date that is February, 2011.
Don’t forget that you can receive points for asking/answering questions and redeem them for cool prizes.