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The new Java 0Day examined (The H)

The new Java 0Day examined (The H)

Posted Aug 31, 2012 7:48 UTC (Fri) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
In reply to: The new Java 0Day examined (The H) by HenrikH
Parent article: The new Java 0Day examined (The H)

Right, what's going on here is a "blame the victim" mentality.

From the outset other applications have deliberately tried to sneak past Firefox's built-in restrictions.

That's because those applications are _malware_ and the technical community's failure to react correctly to that is our fault.

When Microsoft did this we got the victim blaming "Firefox should have better defences" as if the application developer can protect their app against the OS vendor. What we should have seen was an outcry until Microsoft put some heads on the block. "My predecessor lost their job for that" is a surprisingly powerful incentive not to behave unethically.

If you could name a handful of senior figures at Microsoft who had left the industry because of that "clever" but quite obviously unethical trick, this wouldn't now be so popular. But instead Windows programmers (for it's always Windows) know that whatever they do to Firefox the technical community will say "Well, Firefox deserved it" and the victim gets the cleanup bill.

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