Thanks to Billy Hoffman and Matt Wood, a pair of researchers at Hewlett-Packard who recently created a browser-based darknet, businesses may soon rest easier knowing their confidential information is safe from prying eyes.
For the uninitiated, a darknet consists of an encrypted peer-to-peer network most often used to communicate files between private groups of people. Darknets are often difficult to setup and maintain for the average user, but the HP researchers say that won't be the case for "Veiled," the name they've given to their browser-based darknet project.
"This will really lower the barriers to participation," Wood told ZDNet UK. "If you want to create a darknet, you can send an encrypted email saying, 'Here's the URL.' When (the recipient visits) the website, the browser can just get (the darkent application) going."
Perhaps best of all, Wood said HP isn't interested in turning the project into a commercial product and has no desire to patent or copyright it. Instead, Wood and Hoffman plan to open source their idea (but not the source code), so that other security researchers can "pick up the baton."
According to Greg Spencer, a Google Chromium programmer, hardware 3D acceleration might be coming to Chrome sooner than you think.
"The O3D team is working on getting O3D integrated into the Chromium build, and we're close to being able to complete our first step towards integration: To build the O3D plugin as part of the Chromium code base, and link it into Chromium DLL," Spencer stated in a blog post.
Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome and Spencer said that he'll be making the Windows build of Chromium be dependent upon building O3D as part of the build process.
What this means to Joe User -- or more appropriately, Joe Gamer -- is an extra incentive for Web developers to build browser-based games capable of tapping into 3D graphics.
Think your browsing history is secure from prying eyes so long as you never leave your PC unattended? Think again. A new site, Web2.0collage.com, digs through your browser's history and then constructs a collage of the web2.0 websites that you've visited.
"Web2.0collage.com mixes art and technology to raise privacy concerns," the site states on its homepage. "Many of us consider our browser history to be private, but that is no longer the case. Any website you visit can determine your browser history by exploiting the very features designed to enhance your Internet experience, a fact many people are not aware of."
"This is a JS engine bug dealing with deep bailing not properly restoring the return value from the result of the (fast native) escape function. We then try to do something with the uninitialized memory and crash in the interpreter," wrote Mozilla's Blake Kaplan in a comment on the bug report.
It didn't take long for researchers to discover that the bug was exploitable and could be used to execute arbitrary code. It's also been squashed in the 3.5.1 update, however researchers have discovered a similar bug that remains. According to Mozilla, it is looking into the issue, but so far doesn't believe the newly discovered bug is exploitable.
Throughout the five years, Mozilla has dramatically improved the Internet browsing experience by producing stable, open-source applications that bring simplicity to our virtual lives. The latest version of Firefox is a prime example of how Mozilla integrates practical features into its products, like the inclusion of private browsing, tear away tabs and location awareness, while still maintaining a strong user base and delivering a stable browser.
However, the buck doesn’t stop there: Mozilla Labs has conjured up several new open source Firefox add-ons that aim to further enhance your web experience and promote better, more efficient browsing. Long time Firefox users are already familiar with the browser’s ability to become fully customizable with the inclusion of add-ons, so the concoctions coming out of Mozilla Labs should be no surprise. Read on to discover some of the latest releases from our favorite open sorcerers, but be aware that most Mozilla Labs projects are still in a prototype stage, so install at your own risk.
Less than a month after release, Firefox 3.5 receives an incremental update bringing the most current stable version to 3.5.1. As might be expected, the 3.5.1 update addresses several security and stability issues, as well as an issue that was making Firefox take a long time to load on some Windows systems, Mozilla says.
"We strongly recommend that all Firefox 3.5 users upgrade to this release," Mozilla said in a statement. "If you already have Firefox 3.5, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting 'Check for Updates...' from the Help menu."
On a related note, Mozilla said it is no longer supporting supporting Firefox 2.0.0.x, which "contains known security vulnerabilities." So in other words, pretty much every Firefox user should go grab the latest update.
Mozilla's Firefox browser has at least one proponent in the Department of State, and likely many more, according to a recent question-and-answer session hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy last week. New State Department employee Jim Finkle brought the matter to attention, saying he was surprised the State Department doesn't yet allow the use of Firefox, while the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (Finkle's previous place of employment) does.
Clinton admitted "there's a lot of support" for Finkle's suggestion, but according to Kennedy, the issue comes down to cost. Finkle pointed out that Firefox is free -- which drew laughter from the room -- but that's not the kind of cost Kennedy was referring to.
"It's a question of the resources to manage multiple systems," Kennedy explained. "It has to be administered, the patches have to be loaded. It may seem small, but when you're running a worldwide operation and trying to push, as the secretary rightly said, out fobs and other devices, you're caught in the terrible bind of triage trying to get the most out that you can, but knowing you can't do everything at once.."
But it wasn't all bad news for Finkle and other Firefox fans. Kennedy noted that allowing Firefox is something the State Department is looking at, while also acknowledging "a significant increase in the 2010 budget request that's pending." Should the budget go through -- which would be used to fund information technology operations -- Kennedy said they would be able to add multiple programs.
According to a screenshot taken by an IE6 user who was watching some videos on YouTube, it would appear that support for the browser will be phased out very soon.
The screenshot suggests that an upgrade to a “more modern” browser, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.5. And, they’re not alone – apparently Digg is looking to cut their support for IE6 as well.
There’s been no official word yet from YouTube, so this information is only as good as its sources (truthfully, folks on Twitter). But, it doesn’t seem illogical, so if it turns out to be true, there’ll be little surprise.
Enter about:config in the browser's location bar
Type jit in the Filter box
If you'd rather not mess around with about:config settings, you can still disable JIT by running Firefox in Safe Mode, which is accessible from the Mozilla Firefox folder.