The Netscape Communicator client was deployed on millions of desktops. It was also subject to attacks that attempted to gain unauthorized access to data on the client's computers, if not complete control of the computer. This talk discusses a broad range of examples of attacks that have been proposed against the Communicator application along with ways that the application evolved to block them.
During 8 years at Netscape/AOL/TW, Dr. Jim Roskind had titles including VP/CTO of System Infrastructure for America Online, VP/Chief Scientist Netscape, Netscape/Netcenter Security Architect, and Netscape's Java Security Architect. Jim's time as the Java Security Architect in Netscape's Client Product Division, placed him in the near the epicenter of almost all security related problems that appeared in the browser. In addition to tasks involved with technically reconciling issues, he was also a common liaison with contributors that reported security issues (both real and imagined). His notable technical accomplishments at Netscape included the architecture and deployment of signed Java.
Before joining Netscape in 1995, Jim was a co-founder of Infoseek Corporation, and later Chief Scientist. Dr. Roskind holds an SB Electrical Engineering, SB Computer Science, SM EECS (1980), and PhD EECS (1983), all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research and development focus is on his daughter Brianna, now age 3, and son Dylan, soon to be 1, all studied in collaboration with his wife Melinda.