Mozilla fixes a serious bug in Firefox 52 in just 22 hours

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Last week there was a hackathon organized by some of the members of the Mozilla Foundation. This hackathon sought or focused on discovering vulnerabilities in known programs that had not been discovered.

This event contained important prizes for groups or developers who found something and let's go if they found something. In total, more than 30 serious bugs were discovered, but one of them is the one that has risen to fame. A bug that affected Mozilla Firefox 52 and was fixed in just 22 hours.

This event it was called Pwn2Own, a hackathon specialized in looking for bugs. It was a group from the University of Chaitin, in China, that discovered a great bug that allowed the hacker or pirate to take control of the operating system, all thanks using the createImageBitmap API. The test bench to discover this vulnerability was Mozilla Firefox 52 on a Microsoft operating system, although everything indicates that the API has the problem with any operating system.

The Mozilla Foundation has fixed the serious bug in just 22 hours

This was discovered at the end of last week, more specifically last Thursday and in just 22 hours, last Friday, Mozilla has managed to launch an update that corrects this vulnerability, making the web browser a little more secure. This vulnerability has been awarded a prize of $ 30.000, a smaller prize compared to the total prizes awarded, more than $ 830.000.

Both money and the existence of bugs in Mozilla Firefox is common, it is not the first time nor will it be the last time, however, the fact that the problem has been corrected in less than a day is striking. 22 hours that have been enough to correct this problem. Once again it is certified that Free Software is not at a disadvantage with respect to Private Software, on the contrary, in many situations it is more useful


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  1.   nasher87arg said

    They didn't find any bugs in Edge because they first had to tell people that it was xD; P

    1.    eliotime3000 said

      Finding the bug in Edge was easy. The problem was reporting it to Microsoft.