Bad PR

Mihovil Stanić mihovil at
Thu Sep 17 12:21:26 UTC 2015

If it's offline issue, it's easier to just let it go. Promoting it on 
facebook, blog etc. will just bring more attention to it.


17.09.2015 u 14:18, Philipp Kewisch je napisao/la:
> I'm not sure how other think about it, but if this is a big magazine,
> then maybe we should think about requesting an official correction to be
> printed in their next issue. I don't know if Mozilla Legal/PR would be
> willing to take over making that request or if we need to do this on our
> own.
> Philipp
> On 9/17/15 2:02 PM, Wayne Mery (Thunderbird QA) wrote:
>> Turning the tables, I think it could be argued that "However, it’s
>> [the article] so full of inaccuracies that perhaps the over-zealous
>> author should move on to a tabloid."  (Or perhaps we should blame the
>> editor rather than the author.)
>> It's not worth the time going over point by point how literally almost
>> *every* point is inaccurate or sensationalized.
>> On 9/17/2015 1:00 AM, Eric Moore wrote:
>>> From:
>>> The latest issue of Computer Active has "*Software YOU MUST UNINSTALL
>>> NOW! The 12 worst programs EXPOSED! page 50.*" splashed on the cover.
>>> One of those programs is Thunderbird. Supposedly its the UK's
>>> best-selling computer magazine.
>>> /Let Thunderbird fly//
>>> //Mozilla’s email program Thunderbird needs so many security fixes it’s
>>> no longer worth using//
>>> //52 16 – 29 September 2015//
>>> //
>>> //Email program Thunderbird used to be almost as popular as its sister
>>> browser Firefox, also made by Mozilla. But while Firefox is holding its
>>> own (just) against stiff competition, poor old Thunderbird has been shot
>>> down and is full of holes. Look at Mozilla’s list of security advisories
>>> for Thunderbird (//, and check back
>>> regularly if you’re a Thunderbird user. It makes for an alarming read.
>>> ‘Arbitrary file overwriting’, ‘Miscellaneous memory safety hazards’,
>>> ‘Privilege escalation through Web Notification’ (a flaw that gives any
>>> passing hacker more privileges than you) – and all this in only the past
>>> few months. Worryingly, some flaws keep reappearing despite regular
>>> fixes. Really, is it worth it? We don’t think so. If you use
>>> Thunderbird, export any data you want to keep and switch to a new email
>>> service. It’s a sad story. A few years ago, Thunderbird was considered a
>>> safer alternative to Microsoft’s Outlook Express, which had more patches
>>> than a Victorian quilt. Thunderbird was also faster, more innovative and
>>> – quite frankly – cooler. But while Outlook has evolved into a
>>> cross-platform tool whose free online version successfully borrows the
>>> best elements of Gmail, including seamless integration with online tools
>>> such as Office Online and Google Drive, Thunderbird is stuck in the
>>> past. Some antivirus (AV) tools, including the excellent Norton Security
>>> (// have even identified Thunderbird as a
>>> Trojan (// This is a false-positive –
>>> Thunderbird itself is not malicious. However, it’s so full of
>>> vulnerabilities that perhaps these over-zealous AVs are wise to block
>>> it.//
>>> /Perhaps somebody could write a letter to the editor explaining how to
>>> correctly interpret the security advisories, mention that most of them
>>> are due to vulnerabilities found in Firefox (shared code), document why
>>> we think that rather than dropping, that the number of Thunderbird users
>>> continues to grow, and pushback on the idea that Thunderbird is stuck in
>>> the past.
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