Study of effectiveness of malware reputation services used by 6 web browsers

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  1. MrBrian

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    NSS Labs has released a study of the effectiveness of the malware reputation services used by 6 web browsers. When the user visits a site, the browser's malware reputation service indicates whether the site serves malware or not. Note that this is not a test of web browser protection against "drive-by downloads". It is a test of whether the browser informs the user that the site may be serving malware.

    Here are the results:

    Microsoft IE 8 (Release Candidate 1): 69%
    Firefox 3.07: 30%
    Safari v3: 24%
    Chrome 1.0.154: 16%
    Opera 9.64: 5%
    Microsoft IE 7: 4%

    Details found here.
     
  2. Judge Dee

    Judge Dee Guest

    The link isn't working for me.
     
  3. MrBrian

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    I just tested it - works for me.
     
  4. Judge Dee

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    Now it's working for me, MrBrian.
    Thanks for checking and re-posting!
     
  5. MrBrian

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    You're welcome - enjoy :).
     
  6. TechOutsider

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    Doesn't Firefox use Google's blacklist? I know Internet Explorer uses the SmartScreen filter, which does some post-processing with a blacklist right?
     
  7. innerpeace

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    I didn't know it was the browsers job to alert about malware :rolleyes:.
     
  8. aigle

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    Wait for all browsers to be loaded with malware and url scanners, in the cloud scanning etc.

    Just like we are now used to having HIPS with firewalls.
     
  9. m00nbl00d

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    Despite, as we know, and is more than beaten, such task not being the obligation of a web browser, it sure would be a big plus.

    I'm all for all means to fight the dark side, "Luke". ;)
     
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