By Sean Michael Kerner
August 9, 2006
Mozilla has long relied on its community to help it identify bugs
within applications. Now it has another ally in the fight against
Internetnews.com has learned that Mozilla will announce that it is
using Coverity's source code analysis software, which extends beyond
the confines of Coverity's Department of Homeland Security grant to
improve open source software code quality.
Firefox is one of over 50 open source projects being analyzed as part
of the DHS-sponsored study. the DHS sponsored study results.
According to a release obtained by internetnews.com, Mozilla has
deployed Coverity's source code analysis software in the development
process of the Firefox Web browser.
The hope is that with Coverity analysis in hand, Firefox developers
can find flaws before software is released.
"Firefox is the first open source project to put Coverity's software
directly in the hands of its developers, allowing them to run
customized analyses at will and ensure the quality of their codebase
as it evolves," Coverity said in a statement.
Coverity is hardly a stranger to the open source world. The firm's
source code analysis has been used by Linux kernel developers and
As of this morning at 10:00 a.m. EST, the publicly available Coverity
scan results page reports that since March 6, 2006, Firefox has fixed
Mozilla is currently in the throes of developing its next major
browser release, Firefox 2.0, which is currently at its Beta 1
The Beta 2 release was originally expected to appear on Aug. 8 but is
now set for release on Aug. 15.
Coverity-discovered bugs do not appear to be the main cause for the
Beta 2 delay.
According to the Mozilla meeting notes from Aug. 23, the visual
refresh for Firefox that will appear in Beta 2 is responsible for 30
percent of the Firefox 2 blockers, with half related to code and the
other half related to graphics issues.
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