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Post Posted January 21st, 2013, 7:30 pm

I am currently in a debate with a yahoo. Is there any reason to believe that the NIghtly is reasonably secure? I am assuming that there isn't since the point of it is to add new stuff and such things will be cleaned up in Aurora and the beta.
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Post Posted January 21st, 2013, 7:37 pm

LoudNoise wrote:Is there any reason to believe that the NIghtly is reasonably secure?

No, there is not.
Testers need to have other security measures in place lest they get bit (potentially speaking, of course).
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Post Posted January 21st, 2013, 8:01 pm

That was brave of you mikedl
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Post Posted January 21st, 2013, 8:16 pm

LoudNoise wrote:I am currently in a debate with a yahoo. Is there any reason to believe that the NIghtly is reasonably secure? I am assuming that there isn't since the point of it is to add new stuff and such things will be cleaned up in Aurora and the beta.


2 edged sword, on one side we are the first to get new features and security updates, but on the other hand we are also the first to get new exploitable changes in code.
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Post Posted January 21st, 2013, 9:21 pm

Unless virus writers are combing the source as its being changed, I don't think anyone running Nightly is any less safe than those running a final build.
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Post Posted January 22nd, 2013, 1:49 am

Omega X wrote:Unless virus writers are combing the source as its being changed, I don't think anyone running Nightly is any less safe than those running a final build.


Basically this. Many features developed on other branches are usually fuzzed before landing in m-c. Even if a potential security issue is discovered from a patch that has ridden down the trains a fix for it lands in all branches carrying that patch simultaneously.

I don't see how the Nightlies can be less secure either.
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