Symantec: Mozilla browsers more vulnerable than IE

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  1. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    full story here Opera is noticably absent from the report ;)
     
  2. ErikAlbert

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    Well bigC, one day you will write a post with the title :

    "Symantec: Opera browser more vulnerable than IE and Firefox" ;)
     
  3. Mrkvonic

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    Hi,
    Looks to me someone paid big bucks for advertisement.
    The things stated are true, but only half true:
    Firefox has 18 critical vulnerabilities discovered - all were patched within a day.
    IE had 13 critical vulnerabilities discovered - not all were patched and usually it took about a MONTH for Microsoft to release their monthly update.
    Firefox is not embedded in the system - there's no reason for Firefox to meddle with system files. Explorer, svchost and other processes are not dependant on Firefox and vice versa.
    IE IS a part of the system and when corrupted it may and will ruin the OS as well.

    Number of DISCOVERED vulnerabilities is a GOOD thing. The more discovered the sooner they get patched. Open source Firefox has more chance of being debugged by the community. IE is a close source and therefore practically no one except the manufacturer can properly debug the flaws.

    By the way, the above story is the same like reports telling Norton AV has 99.8% efficiency in "independent" test, whereas any other semi-decent free anti-virus catches more than Norton.

    Mrk
     
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    Symantec report sparks safe-browser debate

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  5. ErikAlbert

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    Amusing all these different opinions and countings amongst security experts.
     
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    Monthly browser share figures, from NetApplications (July 05)

    * Microsoft Internet Explorer - 87.2 per cent
    * FireFox - 8.07 per cent
    * Safari - 2.13 per cent
    * Netscape - 1.50 per cent
    * Mozilla - 0.52 per cent
    * Opera - 0.49 per cent
    * Other - 0.09 per cent

    August figures

    * Microsoft Internet Explorer - 86.31
    * FireFox - 8.27
    * Safari - 2.20
    * Netscape - 2.02
    * Opera - 0.62
    * Mozilla - 0.51
     
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    "Mozilla Web browsers are potentially more vulnerable to attack than Microsoft's Internet Explorer, according to a Symantec report…There is one caveat: Symantec counts only those security flaws that have been confirmed by the vendor. According to security monitoring company Secunia, there are 19 security issues that Microsoft still has to deal with for Internet Explorer, while there are only three for Firefox"

    http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/firefox-honeymoon-over.html
     
  9. bigc73542

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    I just don't see how IE will ever be near as secure as Mozilla based and Opera browsers seeing as how IE has it's roots fully embedded in the operating system. If anything gets past IE it has a super highway right into the system. And by the way, I just posted the info, but that doesn't mean I believe it. ;)
     
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    I believe it's covered with the phrase "alternative browsers" in the article. ;)
     
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    As long as we use software, there will be bugs, security holes, etc. no matter the program.
    The only safe way to communicate is to whisper in an ear--if you trust them. :)
     
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    LOL. Are you what they refer to as a Firefox Fanboy? LMAO. Face it dude. Firefox sucks. SLow and insecure.



    post edited to remove questionable reference made in bad taste. ==Bigc
     
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    Nice way to get yourself a ban. :rolleyes:


    edited to remove questionable content in quote===bigc
     
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  14. Mrkvonic

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    Hi,
    I'm not a firefox fanboy, I'm more of a firefox fanshemale....
    On topic: Firefox is only slow and insecure if you do not use it properly.
    I'm facing it, dude. Firefox is fast and secure.
    Mrk
     
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  16. secure this

    secure this Guest

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  17. Bubba

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    "Mozilla browsers more vulnerable than IE"

    It will always be a merry go round and each brand of browser is vulnerable. All We as users can do is do our part in stopping the exploit by properly securing the browser, keeping it updated and learn about it's potential. It also helps to know how we get exploited by what some view as simple code.
     
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    That's why it good to have multiple browsers. Oh today there is some unpatched critical IE exploit? Let's use mozilla. or viceversa. Or Opera... or K-melon or...

    Of course, in the future with mutating browsers, you don't even need to do that. Just run a mutator string over the browser, and recompile you have your very own unique browser, that can't be targetted. Metamorphic browsers anyone?
     
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