Ubuntu responds to Firefox bug

Maybe less than a week ago there was a pretty neat event called ConSecWest. It’s main purpose is for white hat security researchers to gain recognition for successfully exploiting popular Internet software such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome, among others. A very cool program! Though, I think the researchers deserve more than $5,000 for finding a bug–but, how can one place value on recognition? A prominent ex-NSA security researched Charlie Millier who was interviewed at tomshardware.com discovered severals flaws at the event one of which exploited Firefox.

Two things need to be done. First, props need to be given to the Firefox team for quickly resolving these flaws and releasing Firefox 3.0.8.

Second, though, just because a new version of the software is available does not mean that a system is now protected against the vulnerability. But, that is not so far from the truth. The most important step is to actually update your system and for a brief second I thought that maybe I would have to update my system manually. I mean, the new version was released so recently! Once again, I doubted the Ubuntu distribution probably due to being scarred by years of using Fedora Core. The moment I discovered there was a new version of Firefox, Ubuntu had notified me of new updates! To my surprised, it was Firefox 3.0.8… Excellent work Ubuntu! Your timeliness is very appreciated.

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8, Copyright (c) 1998 – 2009 mozilla.org


It’s about time that I registered my own domain name. I mean, by the time I turn 50 there may possibly be quite a bit of people named “Matt Kowalczyk” and I’m going to be greedy here and plant myself before somebody else does. Nonetheless, since you now know my name, welcome to my blog. For some time, I’ve been using this tool to keep track of thoughts I’ve been having revolving mostly around computers. But, I have aquired a few hobbies under my belt which I could share with everyone here. For instance, photography. Who doesn’t want to see some amaturish pictures of my surroundings?! Oh yeah, and can’t forget to mention an amazing phenomenon known as reading for fun? That was never a possibility during school. I picked up the Bourne books, waaayyyyy tighter than the movie. So stop sitting on your ass watching TV this summer and learn some new vocabulary and expand your imagination. I’m off to reading about David Webb stabbing fools in the neck with a brass letter opener. Damn.