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Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attacks

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Firefox developers searching for a way to protect users against a new attack that decrypts sensitive web traffic are seriously considering an update that stops the open-source browser from working with Oracle's Java software framework.

The move, which would prevent Firefox from working with scores of popular websites and crucial enterprise tools, is one way to thwart a recently unveiled attack that decrypts traffic protected by SSL, the cryptographic protocol that millions of websites use to safeguard social security numbers and other sensitive data. In a demonstration last Friday, it took less than two minutes for researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo to wield the exploit to recover an encrypted authentication cookie used to access a PayPal user account.

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gotta be a joke

firefox is so full of memory leaks that calling anything else insecure sounds more like m$ calling everyone less secure.

I am using firefox less and less. Chrome runs circles around it AND it is more stable. Even konwueror with wenkit renderer is better than firefox.

The last good firefox release was 3.6 - it has been downhill since then. The mozilla "developers" have gotten fatter after making 100s of millions of dollars from google ads. They don't care anymore- they are corrupt, like RH and their minions.

FF 3.6

Agreed. I've gotten so fed up with the mess that Firefox has become, that I've actually gone BACK to 3.6 on all of my machines.

I don't think that's going to be a good long-term solution, but I don't know what to do in the meantime.

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