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Security, FUD and Promise of Privacy (Mozilla Outsourcing to Comcast)

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  • Security updates for Thursday

    Security updates have been issued by Fedora (libexif, php-horde-horde, and tcpreplay), openSUSE (rubygem-bundler), Oracle (docker-cli docker-engine, kernel, and ntp), Slackware (curl and libjpeg), and Ubuntu (mutt).

  • Security Stack Vulnerabilities: Blame it on Insecure Open Source Code [Ed: Doug Britton from Lockheed Martin wants us to think only Free software has security bugs; actually, proprietary software has deliberate back doors, but never mind facts... a lot of today's news or so-called 'news' is just marketing (for the author or the publisher's client_, so no wonder journalism is dead and people are cynical about the media.]
  • Comcast’s Xfinity Internet Service Joins Firefox’s Trusted Recursive Resolver Program

    Today, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, and Comcast have announced Comcast as the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide Firefox users with private and secure encrypted Domain Name System (DNS) services through Mozilla’s Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) Program. Comcast has taken major steps to protect customer privacy as it works to evolve DNS resolution.

    “Comcast has moved quickly to adopt DNS encryption technology and we’re excited to have them join the TRR program,” said Eric Rescorla, Firefox CTO. “Bringing ISPs into the TRR program helps us protect user privacy online without disrupting existing user experiences. We hope this sets a precedent for further cooperation between browsers and ISPs.”

    For more than 35 years, DNS has served as a key mechanism for accessing sites and services on the internet. Functioning as the internet’s address book, DNS translates website names, like Firefox.com and xfinity.com, into the internet addresses that a computer understands so that the browser can load the correct website.

Comcast And Mozilla Partner Up To Help Encrypt DNS

  • Comcast And Mozilla Partner Up To Help Encrypt DNS

    Over at our Tech Policy Greenhouse, Article19's Joey Salazar and Consumer Reports' Benjamin Moskowitz just discussed how it's long past time to encrypt the Domain Name Server (DNS) system at the heart of the internet. Thanks to the GOP demolishing of FCC broadband privacy rules in 2017, ISPs have carte blanche to monetize this data as they see fit, storing and selling access to your DNS browsing data to data brokers who continue to build detailed user profiles with little to no meaningful oversight.

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