Internet developer Netscape has been forced to ship a fix for its software after it acknowledged that there was a potentially serious security flaw in its programme.
The bug first came to light after a Danish software developer found the bug and alerted Netscape. But after Netscape refused to pay a ?large payment? to reveal technical details of the software bug, the developer contacted CNN, the US television organisation.
Netscape has pledged to hand over payments of $1,000 to anyone who can find a verifiable bug. The company said it would ship a fix this week to solve the problem.
The bug alert comes after Netscape chief technology officer Marc Andreessen criticised Microsoft last week when he claimed that the Windows operating system will split into many incompatible versions.
During a keynote speech at the Devcon conference in San Jose, Andreessen said Windows CE, Windows 95 and Windows 98 ? the planned upgrade to 95, codenamed Memphis ? were different, incompatible versions of the OS, which could confuse developers.
?It?s now clear Windows is fragmenting into multiple, incompatible operating systems,? he said.a A Microsoft representative dismissed Andreessen?s claim as ?untrue, because 95 and Memphis are based on the same architecture?. She added: ?You?ll see more on this when the beta is launched by the end of this month.?
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