It looks like the database of 44,000 inactive addons.mozilla.org accounts has been mistakenly left on a public Mozilla server.
According to the official blog post, it affects accounts created prior to April 9th, 2009 that use older, md5-based password hashes. As of today, all the data is secured with SHA-512 password hash.
Impacted users were notified on December 27th and potential treat has been already removed.
Here is an interesting take on WebGL + Audio API that was developed by Mozilla volunteers.
The whole demo world has been completed by using canvas element with a WebGL context while models, animations and 3D structures were created with Lightwave.
Visit demo page.
From useful to dangerous.
It looks like Websockets aren’t so great after all (at least in the short term). According to Mozilla and Opera posts, both companies will be disabling support for such technology until serious security flaws are fixed.
Recently, Adam Barth has shared a security study findings that raised a red flag for the current state of Websockets protocol.
Exposes all sorts of weird data.
Mozilla team has conducted a survey that aims to learn more about the user browsing habits.
About the survey
Test duration: 7 days
Test type: Global
Versions covered: Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.6, Firefox 4 Beta
Data submission: 527,817 test sets submitted in November 2010.
Just a minor update here, until the end of 2010, you will earn more activity points on the ask.favbrowser.com web site.
100 points for registration
10 points for asking a question
15 points for the best answer
3 points for selecting the best answer
3 points for answering a question
1 point for a daily visit
Don’t forget. You can redeem points for a bunch of cool prizes, so head over to ask.favbrowser.com and pick your Christmas gift right now.
Hardware acceleration is great if you are running Vista or Windows 7 machines. However, when it comes to XP or other operating systems, you won’t be able to experience the very best of it.
What’s the solution?
Joe Drew, the developer of Firefox web browser is considering writing a hardware accelerated backend to canvas, possibly in collaboration with other browser maker (you are welcome to join).
As he said:
Asa Dotzler, the Director of Community Development at Mozilla Corp. has raised a fair question:
Why do I have these plug-ins in Firefox? I don’t think I ever asked for any of them
There are quite a few plug-ins that make little to no sense, for example:
Why would Firefox ever need a Google or RockMelt Update? Furthermore, why is it okay to install all this malware for the big guys like Apple or Google?
P.S. They are enabled by default.