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  • The Ghacks user.js Firefox privacy and security list has been updated

    Pants has created a light and dark version, and both are included in the archive that you can download so that you can access both HTML documents locally on your system.

  • News: Tutorials with node.js and jpm.
  • OpenBSD and Nightly Mozilla Firefox security.

    W^X ("Write XOR Execute"; spoken as W xor X[1]) is the name of a security feature present in the OpenBSD operating system. It is a memory protection policy whereby every page in a process' address space is either writable or executable, but not both simultaneously. from wikipedia.

  • Write XOR Execute JIT Support Lands For Mozilla Firefox

    As another recent Firefox Nightly change besides enabling WebGL 2 by default is that Firefox's just-in-time compiler supports W^X protection.

    OpenBSD has been leading the charge on using W^X by default -- Write XOR Execute. As explained in that earlier article, W^X implies "a memory policy of W^X -- write xor execute where memory can be marked as writable or executable but not both, in order to fend off potential exploits." One of the biggest roadblocks that OpenBSD faced enabling W^X were JIT engines of web browsers.

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