Mozilla announced today that they’ve teamed up with BlackBerry on advanced automated security testing techniques called fault injection (commonly known as fuzzing).
The two companies joint venture also launched an open source security testing platform called Minion intended to be used by developers and security professionals.
Fuzzing is a method of automated security testing used to proactively identify (and then fix) potential security flaws before they are leveraged against users. The technique usually consists of specially designed software to inject a variety of unexpected or malformed data into a specific application, program, or area of code to uncover where it is not being handled correctly.
The two companies will build Peach, which will be an open source fuzzing framework, for testing Web browsers. The companies will also be working on other fuzzing software, as well as fuzzing techniques and approaches to jointly raise the security protections for their combined users.
“Security is an industry-wide challenge that cannot be solved in a vacuum, and that is why BlackBerry and Mozilla security researchers are working together to develop new and innovative tools for detecting browser threats before they can affect both mobile and desktop customers. Through this collaboration, BlackBerry and Mozilla are working together towards the common goal of advancing security protections for customers as well as improving the threat landscape overall,” said Adrian Stone, Director of BlackBerry Security Response and Threat Analysis.
You can find out more details on the partnership from Mozilla’s blog post here.