Thinking about Firefox security

What would happen if Mozilla's Firefox suddenly became the browser that everyone was running? What would happen if it was as big a target for hackers and for virus and spyware authors as Internet Explorer is now. How would Firefox's reputation for security hold up? One has to wonder how secure a default Firefox installation is, and if there are things that can be done to make a Firefox deployment more secure?
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January 13, 2006 10:54 AM | Posted in Mozilla


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Wow, welcome to two years ago. That article is rubbish, really. I don't see the distinction between "an application" and "part of the OS" when both have powerful APIs for file handling.

Comment by Ben Basson at January 13, 2006 01:07 PM | Permalink

How big a marketshare does he want? Firefox globally has between 10% and 25% marketschare depending on the country. Over 90% of remotely nerdy people have Firefox. He thinks that IE6 is 77MB and that IE7 is 10MB where he doesn't understand that it is a 10MB update to IE6.
He keeps suggesting that Firefox is "widely accepted more secure" in "perception" where he raises doubt about Firefox's security.
"a browser is only as secure as the operating system" Firefox is multiplatform
"Firefox is a whole lot smaller than Internet "Explorer and should therefore theoretically have fewer security holes."
He thinks best security-features Firefox has are:
1 activeX"For starters, unlike Internet Explorer, Firefox can not become infected with spyware just because you visited a malicious Web page"
2 activeX"s because it does not offer any support for VBScript or ActiveX"
3 no Microsoft's Java VM"

I really hope he got paid for his sneaky advertising and that people won't think he's an idiot(because I do)

Comment by Ferdinand at January 13, 2006 04:45 PM | Permalink

People will soon realize that the bloated, poorly coded Firefox is even worse than Internet Explorer and they will switch to the slim, secure and fast Opera browser.

Comment by Asbjørn Butfukson at January 13, 2006 07:22 PM | Permalink

Asbjørn, posting rubbish to Firefox blogs isn't going to push Opera's market share upwards. Feel gree to grow up at any time.

Comment by Ben Basson at January 14, 2006 03:46 AM | Permalink

*gree = free

Comment by Ben Basson at January 14, 2006 03:47 AM | Permalink

Slim Opera? Are you kidding me?

Comment by Vi at January 14, 2006 06:09 AM | Permalink

The truth is sometimes painful, isn't it.

Comment by Asbjørn Butfukson at January 14, 2006 10:37 AM | Permalink

Come on, his handle says it all. Ass-bjoern Buttfuck-son. I believe he is a bird becuase birds copulate by a cloacal kiss. And the bird egg comes from the cloaca, too.

Comment by Parrott at January 16, 2006 04:45 PM | Permalink

Hey, actually it IS true: FireFox is pretty bloated and eats huge chunks of resources (RAM). Of the three major browsers, it is the worst and slowest.

Oh.. and I didn't realize Firefox has "reputation for security." Who made up this absurd claim?

Site icon Comment by McClane [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 19, 2006 06:49 AM | Permalink

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