Mozilla has long used its Firefox browser as a staging platform for other innovations. One of the first real-world applications for its fast-and-safe systems language Rust, for instance, is rewriting some of Firefox’s innards.Now comes a project called Binary Transparency, an effort to ensure that every Firefox binary produced by Mozilla is the same one that everyone else has received and hasn’t potentially been tampered with.[ Also on InfoWorld: 19 open source GitHub projects for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld’s Security Report newsletter. ]
At first this sounds like a glorified version of using hash signatures or checksums, which most every organization that supplies binaries of its apps does. But Mozilla has a more ambitious plan: To make it difficult for anyone to distribute compromised copies of an application, even if they come from Mozilla.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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