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Chris Hofmann (Director of Engineering, Mozilla Corporation)

Presentation Title Firefox 4 and Opportunities for Security Research
Presentation Abstract

Competition among browsers is heating up, and Mozilla is starting into beta testing of its next major release, Firefox 4. This release will be a good opportunity for security researchers to get involved and make this release the most secure ever. Some proposed changes to Mozilla’s Security Bug Bounty Program will also provide stronger incentives for researchers to look at browser flaws with the goal being to uncover flaws earlier in the development cycle and produce a more secure browser. Chris will talk about the Security Bounty Program and Firefox 4 features that are starting to land in upcoming Firefox 4 development work.

About Chris

As director of engineering and Special Projects at the Mozilla Foundation and Corporation over the last 7 years, Chris Hofmann has spearheaded the research and development work of thousands of open source contributors around the world. A Netscape employee before joining Mozilla, Chris contributed to every Netscape and Mozilla browser release since 1996.

As the first employee at the Mozilla Foundation in August 2003, Chris led a small but devoted team of the original ten engineers that established the Mozilla Foundation as an independent and self-sustaining organization. In 2004, Chris managed and executed the first worldwide release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0. Today, he engages with security researchers to help improve browser security and manages Mozilla’s Security Bug Bounty Program.