Firefox 4 to rescue Mozilla from decline?

Mozilla launched its Firefox 4 on March 22, and since then it has more than doubled its shares, sources informed. It has been close to a week and such a success graph has brought good news for Mozilla, sources added.

Mozilla reached upto 3.7% from 1.4% since March 22. On the first day of Firefox 4’s launch it was downloaded 7.1 million times and unofficially saw 8.75 million downloads on the second day, sources reported.

Firefox was losing share in the browser market but with version 4 it has progressed almost two and a half times.

In comparison Internet Explorer’s newest version reportedly is off to a slow start as it only increased six tenths of a percentage point of usage share. But still IE9 too has done better with double the share in two weeks after its launch.

Though both the new versions of the browsers are doing well, experts are not sure if these numbers have taken a toll on their older versions usage shares.

According to sources, Both Mozilla and Microsoft are losing to Google and Apple, and any good numbers comes as a ray of hope for them

Opera and Mozilla chiefs predicts boom in web application market

The chief executives of
Opera and Mozilla have stressed the
importance of upcoming web
applications that will allow people to
access services across multiple devices
regardless of platform .
Mozilla’ s Gary Kovacs told CeBIT
attendees that the web app market is
potentially bigger than the mobile app
market, as there are three million web
developers compared to 10, 000
Android and 43,000 iOS developers .
“Imagine what happens when we turn
three to five million developers
around the world loose on an app
model? It will explode , and that’s
what is going to happen in the next
three years ,” he said .
“We have to solve this common
denominator problem called the
platform, and the whole point is that
the web is the platform. “
Jon von Tetzchner, co- founder of
Opera, agreed that the only really
open platform is the web, and took a
swipe at native offerings from Apple.
“Basically we’ ve moved from native
applications to web applications
because we ‘d like to be able to
choose our computers and operating
systems, and we’ d like to keep the
world as we know it with us ,” he said .
“There is a lot of noise about the
350 ,000 applications in the Apple
store, and it ‘s impressive , it’ s great.
But how many web sites are there ?”
Tetzchner noted that the web can
bring desktop functionality to mobile
devices , and that there is no need for
specific platforms such as WAP, which
he said “was a mistake”.
“We tried that with WAP and WAP 2. To
me, the native applications are kind of
like WAP 3 . But people really want
interoperability and to be able to do
the same on mobile devices [ as on
desktops] ,” he said.
“The sites that people browse on the
mobile and PC are for the most part
the same . It ‘s natural that , if you’re
chatting on Facebook on the PC , you’ ll
chat on Facebook on your mobile .”

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iPhone, Safari, IE 8, Firefox hacked in CanSecWest contest

VANCOUVER, B.C.–Researchers on Wednesday demonstrated that they could hack a non-jailbroken iPhone, Safari running on Snow Leopard and Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox on Windows 7 as part of the annual Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest security show here.
Charlie Miller, principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, won $10,000 after hacking Safari on a MacBook Pro without having physical access to the machine. Miller won $5,000 last year by exploiting a hole in Safari, and in 2008 nabbed $10,000 hacking a MacBook Air, all on the same computer.
Peter Vreugdenhil, an independent security researcher from the Netherlands, will receive $10,000 for using his exploit to bypass security features in IE 8.
Also winning $10,000 was Nils, head of research at UK-based MWR InfoSecurity, who targeted Firefox on 64-bit Windows 7. He declined to provide his last name. As a computer science student at the University of Oldenburg in Germany last year he won $15,000 for exploits he demonstrated in IE 8, Safari, and Firefox.

TippingPoint’s Aaron Portnoy congratulates Peter Vreugdenhil on his IE 8 hack.

(Credit: Elinor Mills/CNET)

And finally, Ralf Philipp Weinmann, of the University of Luxembourg, and Vincenzo Iozzo, of German company Zynamics, hacked the iPhone and will share the $15,000 prize. Because Iozzo was delayed en route to the contest, his Zynamics colleague Thomas Dullien, better known as Halvar Flake in the security community, served as his proxy, organizers of the contest sponsored by TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative said.
Miller declined to provide details on his exploit, but said the target computer was compromised after visiting a Web site hosting the malicious code.
“I got an interactive shell (interface) on his box so I could run any commands I want,” he said. “He had no idea and his machine was totally patched.”
Miller wrote the exploit in less than a week. “It was very reliable,” he said. “Some researchers say it’s ‘weaponized,’ which means it always works.”
To hack IE 8, Vreugdenhil said he exploited two vulnerabilities in a four-part attack that involved bypassing ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) and evading DEP (Data Execution Prevention), which are designed to help stop attacks on the browser. As in the other attacks, the system was compromised when the browser visited a Web site hosting the attack code.

iPhone hack winner Vincenzo Iozzo arrived at the event just as the contest was winding down.

(Credit: Elinor Mills/CNET)

The exploit gave him user rights on the targeted computer, which he demonstrated by running the calculator on the machine.
Nils said he exploited a memory corruption vulnerability and also had to bypass ASLR and DEP as a result of a weakness in Mozilla’s implementation. “It’s Mozilla’s turn to fix this,” he said. “If properly used, they can be good mitigators.”
He said it took him only a few days to write the exploit, which was created to run the Windows calculator for the demo. But “I could have started any process,” he said.
Asked to comment on the researchers’ ability to bypass ASLR and DEP, a Microsoft representative said the company would investigate the vulnerabilities. “We’re not aware right now of any attacks taking place,” said Pete LePage, an IE product manager.

Halvar Flake and Ralf Philipp Weinmann hacked the iPhone.

(Credit: Elinor Mills/CNET)

For the iPhone contest, Iozzo and Weinmann wrote an exploit in about two weeks that was designed to steal the contents of the SMS database on an iPhone.
To accomplish the attack the target iPhone was used to visit a Web site hosting exploit code. “The payload executes and uploads the local SMS database of the phone to the server we control,” said Weinmann.
The exploit was written to bypass the digital code signatures used on the iPhone to verify that the code in memory is from Apple, he said. The exploit then looked for chunks in Apple’s code that could be pieced together to accomplish the attack, according to Weinmann.
“Bypassing the code signing was a major issue,” Flake said. The technique used has been known since 1997 but has not been used on an ARM processor until now, he added.

Firefox hacker Nils is a happy winner.

(Credit: Elinor Mills/CNET)

While the attack was used to grab just the SMS data, which would include deleted messages, it could be designed to access contacts, photos, and other data on the iPhone, and without the user having any idea an attack was underway, the researchers said.
TippingPoint shares information on the exploits with the affected vendors so they can work on patches.

Backup the Firefox About:Config File

We’ve all be told numerous times that if we’re gonna go poking around in sensitive areas of our programs that we should always make sure we’ve backed everything up first, right?

Well, in the case of editing the about:config file in Mozilla Firefox, a backup is extra important! So, if you’re in the market to tweak a little bit, but want a safety net, then read on – we’re going to learn how to back it up!

Note: You may need to show hidden files for this to work. A tip for XP and Vista can be found here. For Windows 7, just type “Hidden Files” in the Search bar and pick “Show hidden files and folders” and choose the top choice. In any case, select the radio button next to “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and hit OK.

Moving on. This tip should apply to Firefox version 3.0 and up.

First, you’ll want to browse to the file’s location. Go into Windows Explorer and look in:

\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ .default\

Once you’ve reached this location, look for the prefs.js file. What you need to do is copy that file and paste it in a backup folder somewhere. This can be anywhere, or even on a USB thumb drive for extra safety.

Now edit the about:config file with reckless abandon! If Firefox ever gets majoryly messed up all you have to do is copy and paste your backed-up prefs.js file to its original location!



Ctrl+Tab Preview Windows in Firefox 3.6

Any tip you read about shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox is sure to mention that you can easily switch between open tabs by pressing Ctrl+Tab on your keyboard. The resulting action is just a quick flip from tab to tab, which can be quite useful.

Today, however, I’m going to teach you how to spice it up a bit.

Open Mozilla Firefox, and in the address bar type about:config. I know, we’ve been here before, so you should know that you can just skip through the warning that comes up.

Once on the Firefox config page, scroll down until you see the entry: browser.ctrlTab.previews

It’ll look like this:

Change the value to “True”, and restart Firefox.

Now when you have multiple tabs open and you use the Ctrl+Tab shortcut, you’ll see little windows with a preview of the tab!


Tab Switching in Firefox (trick)

Multi-tab browsing in Firefox makes managing multiple web pages a breeze! Remember how Ctrl + T opens a new tab? Well, what about Ctrl+ Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down to switch between those tabs? Want to navigate between tabs even faster? Check these out:

Ctrl+1: Switch to the first tab
Ctrl+2: Switch to the second tab
Ctrl+3: Switch to the third tab
Ctrl+4: Switch to the fourth tab
Ctrl+5: Switch to the fifth tab
Ctrl+6: Switch to the sixth tab
Ctrl+7: Switch to the seventh tab
Ctrl+8: Switch to the eighth tab
Ctrl+9: Switch to the LAST tab

Even if you’ve got a ridiculous amount of tabs open, Ctrl+9 will always go to the farthest tab on the right.

But what about Ctrl+0? Well, because you can switch the size of the font with Ctrl+= or Ctrl+-, there needs to be a way to set it all back to defaults, right? That’s where Ctrl+0 comes in. Use it to put the text in Firefox back to normal.