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Mozilla's Eich: Trust Us, We're Open

Firefox is trustworthy because its source code can be verified, says CTO Brendan Eich.

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David F. Carr
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1/14/2014 | 9:58:59 AM
On the other hand ...
Access to source code would also allow the spooks to compile their own version of the software with a backdoor inserted. They'd then need to figure out how to plant it on the PCs of their target or targets, but that's not so hard to imagine. And mess with any auto-update functionality so the user gets their software updates from a corrupt source rather than the original.

There's got to be a novel in this somewhere ...
Thomas Claburn
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1/14/2014 | 8:20:12 PM
Re: On the other hand ...
Once you have physical access to a target's machine, it's game over.
Stratustician
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1/15/2014 | 11:43:11 AM
Good for Firefox
You have to give credit to Mozilla to play the "Hey, here's our code, have at it" card when it comes to proving they are neutral when it comes to government interference.  I think a lot of users woke up a bit when they saw Chrome wasn't as secure as they would've liked to think, and so Mozilla promoting Firefox as a safe alternative is a great marketing move.  I don't expect other browser code to be as forthcoming, especially from major providers who have agreements with government entities.  

I wonder if they would repeat this when it comes to talk of their Firefox smartphone... I'd be curious to see if similar claims could be made as to the validity of the O/S.
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