Examining defects in the Firefox code base
Using Klocwork’s K7 static analysis tool, I examined the large and complicated code base of the popular open source browser, Firefox. Overall it is clear that Firefox is a very well written and high quality piece of software. Several builds were performed on the code, culminating in the final analysis of version 184.108.40.206. The analysis resulted in 655 defects and 71 potential security vulnerabilities. The Firefox team has been given the analysis results, and they will determine if or how they will deal with the issues.
Only someone with in-depth knowledge and background of the Firefox code could judge the danger of a particular security vulnerability; therefore, I have not included more detailed information of these security vulnerabilities that could lead to the spreading of unfounded rumours of potential exploits. g2zero archive: Examining defects in the Firefox code base
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