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Jul102008

Mozilla browser security metrics project

Mozilla is piloting a project designed to develop a better model for the security of Firefox, by tracking a whole series of metrics over time.

Instead of simply recording the number of patches issued in a year the scheme also aims to gauge the relative risk to users over time and the effectiveness of Mozilla’s developers in trying to develop a more secure browser.

The approach will allow Mozilla to develop a baseline model for the security of its browser that measures factors such as how long users are exposed to bugs (the so-called window of vulnerability). This model will be refined over time, a post on Mozilla’s security blog explains.

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