How safe are Chrome, Opera, Safari (any browser other than IE or FF)?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by InfinityAz, Jul 17, 2010.

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  1. InfinityAz

    InfinityAz Registered Member

    Jul 23, 2005
    Ran across this on the Avast forum (about how Avast blocks threats):

    "There was a thread going on in MSE forums where one of the experts clearly explained that as of now, only Firefox and Internet Explorer make use of a Windows API that allows them to pass each item in a web page to the AV installed in the system before rendering it. It does not depend what AV it is. This is the reason why MSE's system requirements page explicitly mentions IE and FF and not Chrome, Opera or Safari. And that is also part of the justification behind MSE not having a dedicated web-shield."

    So it's basically saying that if you're are using IE or Firefox your AV can prevent the page from rendering but if you're using Chrome, Opera, Safari (anything besides IE or FF), the page can still be rendered.

    Does this mean it's possible for malware to get through, possibly run, be installed, etc.? Does anyone know about this?
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  2. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

    Mar 16, 2005
    In my view, the browser is as safe as you make it to be. If you White List scripting per site, and don't use web page plugins, you essentially nullify the majority of web-based exploits.

    Here, for example, for those who use Adobe Reader, are the hurdles that PDF exploits must leap in order to succeed:

    Using Opera properly configured, I've never gotten a web page embedded exploit to run.

    Of course, one should have some type of white listing/execution protection in place to prevent any malware from running, as the "4th Requirement" screen shot in my PDF article shows.


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  3. nanana1

    nanana1 Frequent Poster

    Jun 22, 2007
  4. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

    Aug 1, 2002
    Run Prevx with Safe Online and any browser is very safe. Totally safe? I doubt that ANY browser is totally safe. That's why I image my HD at least weekly.
  5. m00nbl00d

    m00nbl00d Registered Member

    Jan 4, 2009
    I second that. On top of that, one could use isolate the browser from the system. And on top of that won't hurt to use some anti-exploit protection such as AVG Linkscanner, which will protect the users regardless of the browser used.
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