Mozilla thoughens Firefox security with W^X feature, at cost of browser performance

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We’ve just posted the following news: Mozilla thoughens Firefox security with W^X feature, at cost of browser performance[newsimage]http://static.myce.com//images_posts/2011/11/FirefoxLogo2.jpg[/newsimage]

Mozilla is working on a feature called W^X which should help in toughening the security of its Firefox browser. The browser developer has added W^X, which stands for ‘Write XOR Execute’, to an early test version of Firefox. Although the feature makes the browser more secure, it does come at a cost.

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#2

Just what we need, a slower browser :slight_smile:
On a serious note, I think it is a tad early - benchmarking the first nightly builds, then again, there is potential for improvement and as a feedback to Mozilla…


#3

1-4% performance cost for what may be a significant hardening versus potential 0-day threats … maybe a price worth paying.


#4

If Mozilla can slim Firefox down, perhaps this loss of performance won’t be too bad for users. IMHO, that’s what Mozilla need to focus more on, not Electrolysis, not a wannabe Google addon API, and not forcing signature requirements on addon developers. In other words, more speed, less Chrome!


#5

[QUOTE=Matth;2766051]1-4% performance cost for what may be a significant hardening versus potential 0-day threats … maybe a price worth paying.[/QUOTE]I can live with that…

[QUOTE=TSJnachos117;2766067]If Mozilla can slim Firefox down, perhaps this loss of performance won’t be too bad for users. IMHO, that’s what Mozilla need to focus more on, not Electrolysis, not a wannabe Google addon API, and not forcing signature requirements on addon developers. In other words, more speed, less Chrome![/QUOTE]I think that is what alot of Browser user wanted and Mozilla is giving it to them. But using my PC hosts file I add a live of comfort that I can block tracking sites or ad sites from dragging down my system resources.