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akshar
http://www.contractoruk.com/news/002586.html


Quote:

A woman scorned has attacked Mozilla developers for failing to patch a ‘security bug’ in Firefox that revealed her partner-to-be was snooping adult websites.

In an online posting, the unknown female said a ‘privacy flaw’ in the browser’s Password Manager is responsible for ending her five-year relationship and pending engagement.

Her discovery came when the IE7 user logged onto her separate XP account and decided to switch to Firefox, wooed by its tales of greater speed and stability.

Clicking Options, Privacy and then the tab ‘never save password,’ she claims a list of URLs dropped down, listing dating services and swinger sites that she “could never dream of visiting.”

“This privacy flaw has caused my fiancé and I to break-up after having dated for 5 years.

“Of course, those were sites I had never visited or could ever dream of visiting. Then I realized who, how and what... and sh*t hit the fan,” the woman wrote on Bugzilla.mozilla.org.

The offending Password list included sites such as <Snipped> and <Snipped>, prompting the woman to dump the suspected love cheat.

“Your browser does not efficiently respect the privacy of different users for one system,” she blasted at Mozilla.

Declaring her anger and experience online prompted a hearty debate.

More technically astute Firefox users told her the issue with the browser was more a ‘feature’, rather than a privacy flaw or security bug.

But defending her corner, others disagreed, “She’s 100% correct,” Nullmail wrote in a reply.

“I went to my Windows 2000 Pro machine and… there were a list of sites that I did not want passwords saved for. I then chose ‘clear private data’ and went back into the Password Manager. The list was still there.

“Lastly, I created a new user account, went into Password Manager; guess what…the list was still there. Not only is the list not cleared with private data, it is also shared between user accounts on the same machine.”

To put an end to the debate, Mozilla developers issued a statement, “When different users on one system choose to save or not save passwords for sites, any other user can see sites they not only saved passwords for but can also see what other users have been saving/never saving passwords for.”

Meanwhile bulletin boarders continued to offer advice to the woman. One hinted she was too hasty in leaving her fiancé for what he said sounded like a “thought crime.”

Another asked her, “Are people who watch the Sopranos mob-style criminals? Are people who watch SpongeBob interested in living in a pineapple under the sea? Are women who watch Sex In The City as horny as the ones on the show?”

Finally RedSaber claimed to have developed a workaround, “I think the only solution for now is very simple: Never share your computer with your girlfriend.”
Vrythramax
looks to me like another case of someone trying to make a buck off a company. I guess this woman never heard of a "browser cache", which is a part of every web browser made...if she had accessed that she would have been able to actually see the pages her boyfriend was looking at. Instead of suing Mozilla maybe she should consider sueing her [now] ex-boyfriend for breach of promise or some other similar charge.
DJGuardy
Bah, never heard something so ridiculous in all my life. If anything, Firefox did the woman good, as she knew what her partner was up to. And the splitting up was probably the best way to go about it. Damn, I hate people like that.
daniel_l_135
Your title is somewhat misleading. I don't see any mention of a lawsuit (which would undoubtedly be unsucessful) in the article.
Devil
The Woman is 100% right , there are many people in the world who share thier pc with others ,

if the browser can give you speed and security , then why not privacy ?
mOrpheuS
I would not come up with an all-out defense of FireFox.

A list of sites that you denied password manager is understandable, but this list being shared across users is something that could be addressed.
Then again, I'm not too sure how FireFox handles multiple user profiles.

At the same time, both the lady and her boyfriend should have been aware of the "risks" of sharing a computer.

Whatever the case, I'm sure FireFox's license agreement covers any such scenario in a bullet-proof manner. Wink
"If" the lady is only doing this for some easy money, she should not have much success.
Scorpio
Certainly the lady is off her rockers.

She surely is trying to get some publicity and money for herself.

Who the hell knows why she dumped her boyfriend.
If she had not known about his er... habits then she probably would have had to go through a divorce if she came to know about it after marriage.

This, of course would mean spending a lot more money than just dumping him.

In fact she must thank firefox for saving her money.
DoctorBeaver
Surely, if anyone has a case against Firefox it would be the man. After all, it was HIS data that was displayed to another user.

Personally, I think it's something that Firefox should address - especially when you consider children having access to the family PC.
alkady
This is ridiculous.Why not sue the telemarketers for calling you in your intimate moments when you where about to seize the damn day.
daniel_l_135
alkady wrote:
This is ridiculous.Why not sue the telemarketers for calling you in your intimate moments when you where about to seize the damn day.


Again, can someone tell me where the article says that the woman (or anyone, for that matter) is sueing firefox? Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question

Some posts on this forum remind me of your typical current-affairs program. They seem to exaggerate, or blatantly lie, to get people rialed<sp?> up.

Anyway... the woman seems to be looking for someone to blame about the break-up of what was obviously such a great relationship. Rolling Eyes
CooCooCachoo
Uhm.

Hello?!??!

If she hadn't found out, they would still be together and be 'happy', even though he is looking at porn rather than at her?

She is a big hypocrite, in my honest opinion. That what you don't know causes no harm, right? But it's the same situation. Rolling Eyes

Yay for the American sue culture Rolling Eyes
BruceTheDauber
There's no mention of a lawsuit, so criticizing the woman for hypocrisy, money-grabbing, etc., is unfair.

The woman is right that it's a serious misfeature in Firefox. In general, in any shared system, users should not be able to see each other's data unless they have knowingly volunteered it.

Meanwhile, the correct phrase is "a woman spurned" (rejected), not "a woman scorned" (mocked). "Hell hath no fury like a woman spurned" has a ring of truth (think bunny boilers and bobbiters). "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" is nonsense.
Greeny
Well what do you think, its a bloody woman!!!

Why would she sue firfox if their marraige was falling apart anyway. Its her fault for falling on the mistakes left by her husband, she won't will the courts will throw it out fo court.

She jsut wasting firefox & the courts times.
BruceTheDauber
Greeny wrote:
She jsut wasting firefox & the courts times.


What court's time is she wasting? The article says nothing about her suing Firefox. The header is misleading.
khairulsyahir
My God! I just can't believe there's people who break up because of the guy is cheating on the woman, then the woman blamed a computer software!! It''s very much like a criminal who shot a police officer or a shopkeeper and then blame the gun for the murder. Ridiculous. She should have seen a psychiatrist rather than making such a public complain to Firefox that renders other internet forum like this one to criticise on her. Anyway, I suggest you Firefox users (and that include myself), DON'T SHARE YOUR PC WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND. I agree with RedSaber very much. After all, there's a reason it's called personal computer.
SFMeatwad
I totally agree with your first post, Devil. That is good. I know a person thats a FireFox developer for extensions and other patches. I bet that they fix this problem right away before something happens. Especially to me.

(Just kidding)

Or my computer.

(not kidding..)
Saryon
This is just bullsh*t. As if every other browser for the internet would be perfect. Everything has some little things, which aren't perfect, or don't suit you.
Besides, if that guy wants to look at adult websites, that's his right. And if that woman wants to make trouble out of it, she'd better search another guy, instead of doing something as ridiculous as this.
BruceTheDauber
Saryon wrote:
This is just bullsh*t. As if every other browser for the internet would be perfect. Everything has some little things, which aren't perfect, or don't suit you.



What are you trying to say, that people shouldn't report bugs when they see them? Be serious. If people never reported bugs, software wouldn't improve.
goodforum
what!!!!!
She chose to use it....
and it's FREE~~
what she excpet??
zanzou
I'm sorry to say it, but I'm kinda glad. I don't like firefox, and don't see why people are so crazy obsessed with it.

D: At least this proves it has flaws, which people seem to want to deny.
BruceTheDauber
goodforum wrote:
what!!!!!
She chose to use it....
and it's FREE~~
what she excpet??


So, what? Because it's free, it's wrong to complain about bugs? Supposing everyone who released free software reacted the way you're reacting, and when someone complained about a bug, they just replied, "Buzz off, it's free, waddya expect?!?!" Would anyone use free software? Would any free software be any good? No, it would be full of serious bugs and flaw, which no-one would ever fix. Yet, there are people who say that all software should be free. Supposing all software were free, and all publishers of software had the same attitude you're expressing. Computers would be totally useless, because we couldn't trust any of our software to work!
BruceTheDauber
I bet if the woman had found this flaw in IE, instead of in FireFox, the same people who are attacking here now would be cheering her on enthusiastically.
Vrythramax
BruceTheDauber wrote:
I bet if the woman had found this flaw in IE, instead of in FireFox, the same people who are attacking here now would be cheering her on enthusiastically.


[sarcasm]A flaw in Internet Explorer? It could never happen, Microsoft, and Bill Gates in particular, are far to responsible to allow anything like that to happen.[/sarcasm]
zanzou
BruceTheDauber wrote:
I bet if the woman had found this flaw in IE, instead of in FireFox, the same people who are attacking here now would be cheering her on enthusiastically.


I agree. :/ People are waaay too biased towards Firefox.
darknez3
Ok. I don't like Mozilla, BUT I still use it. Reason being is that IE has many gay glitches such as Alpha transparency which (as a website developer) annoys the, excuse me, f*** out of me. Having said that, IE is better in terms of its simplicity of being customized, thus fixing its flaws. Therefore for an average Joe, Mozilla is better than IE. For technically advanced, IE is bit better.
LethcanAernis
There is a master password for the password list.. you must enter the master password to get ahold of all those data.
rhworld
They shouldnt get sued that have done nothing to harm anyone.

Firefox Rules
tidruG
BruceTheDauber wrote:
I bet if the woman had found this flaw in IE, instead of in FireFox, the same people who are attacking here now would be cheering her on enthusiastically.

A few posts later,
rhworld wrote:
Firefox Rules

Point noted, Deuce.
Game, set and match.
ibay
I think Microsoft is behind this woman Liar
randomaccess
a perfectly good software sued? what is the meaning of this. OPERA sucks
nopaniers
She's wrong. Firefox stores encrypted passwords individually for users in the Signons.txt file privately for each individual profile. It is not a "privacy flaw" to be able to see your own settings.

If she is concerned about this type of thing, then she should change her operating system (whose responsibility it is to ensure that user's data is kept private) to Apple OS-X or Linux.
Mason11987
Actually, if you wanted to secure your passwords, you can create a master password, if you do not want to, they you simply don't, and tell ff not to ask you. This is no flaw, it is a feature, and idiots who click yes to things then sue because they don't understand software are jackasses...

Also, who the hell blames the person who gave them proof their boyfriend was doing bad things? What a retard.
EquiSolar
If this woman dates with someone for 5 yrs, and they dont trust each other?
How could a visiting of Porn site can spoil the relationship if not trust and understand each other?

Shame.
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