This is the new Microsoft
Let your partners in, but not so much they can destroy the whole foundation.
Microsoft has revealed it's working with Adobe on some aspects of project Spartan, its replacement browser that will confine Internet Explorer to the Antique Code Show. When one contemplates Adobe's contribution to browsers, it's hard not to think of the carnage its Flash plugin has wrought with a seemingly never-ending …
"It's alright lads, they're just going to show us the newest UI thinking for decorative sculptures - it seems horses are very big this season. Boy do I feel sorry for our competitors - someone is in for a very big surprise!"
Any code that handles web pages (i.e., untrusted data) can and will be used as an attack target. I recall a Firefox exploit where image buffers were allocated but not initialized; attackers could use it to read the contents of the screen. If vulnerabilities exist, they will be exploited; if it's written by Adobe, there will be vulnerabilities.
"Don't panic: The Photoshop giant's doing the pretty bits, not the secure bits"
Eh? So who's doing the "secure" bits then? Microsoft??!??!?!!?!!!!!!one
That same Microsoft Corporation Inc. wot spawned IE upon the Earth?
That's supposed to reassure us?
Just remember, Microsoft needed help the first time as well. They bought SpyGlass in a panic over Mosaic's success on the infant web of the time. And think how NSA appropriate the original name SpyGlass for the Internet Browser sieve that got renamed to Microsoft Internet Explorer.
It seems Microsoft needs a better spin doctor. Apart from that, one can really ask what is the gain for Microsoft to make yet another browser with all the security exposure such a product has by its nature.
How much more sense it seems to make to support browser development for an existing browser like firefox, improve a proven code base and help to make the world a safer place.
"... for an existing browser like firefox, improve a proven code base..."
Yes, get rid of all that Australis crap for a start.
Though I wouldn't hold my breath. FF runs on Linux so is probably persona non grata round Redmond way.
Putting the word Spartan and Adobe in the same sentence is surely a contradiction in terms?
Would you order a truck load of ready mix concrete to fill a blimm hole?
Expect major bloat ware.
Meanwhile Athenians quake in their beds waiting for the adobe sky to fall in on them.
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