Mozilla Says IE 7 Won't Beat Firefox Security

One of the chief selling points (if a free browser can have a selling point) of Mozilla Corporation's Firefox browser has been its reputation of being more secure than Internet Explorer. Preaching to a choir of open-sourcers at the Red Hat Summit, the company said it expects to maintain that advantage. Firefox has won the hearts of between 10-20 percent of the web browser market, stealing away a large chunk of Microsoft's IE monopoly. According to Secunia, those converts are well deserved. The security firm reports that while IE 6 still has 21 unpatched vulnerabilities, Firefox only has three.
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June 06, 2006 11:49 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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It seems to me that IE7+ (IE7 on Vista) would have an advantage: the low-permission mode for IE is a great and general mitigation strategy for many of the worst vulnerabilities.

Site icon Comment by Julien Couvreur [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 7, 2006 02:35 AM | Permalink

Wow! Talk about misleading. Secunia lists Advisories NOT vulnerabilities.

This Advisory lists 24 Vulnerabilities Alone!

Secunia lists 108 security vulnerabilities in Firefox, 64 of which are rated as Highly Critical and 1 Extremely Critical.

Get the facts:

Site icon Comment by MT at June 7, 2006 05:30 AM | Permalink

You know, MT, if you are going to make a habit of flying around the web trying to make a case against FireFox, it may be a good idea for you to not include links in your post that prove what you say to be utter junk. After clicking on the link you provided I clearly see that you pulled those numbers out of your backside.

For goodness sake, the first link you provide says the vulnerabilities were taken care of in the upgrade to 1.0.8! How long ago did that release come out? Two years or so?

Come on! You can do better that this! Wait, you are in IE user. Maybe you aren't smart enough to do better than this.

Comment by Kale at June 7, 2006 07:40 AM | Permalink

At least that "Firefox Myths" page is good for a few laughs...

"W3C Standards have nothing to do with the definition of what a Webpage is. A document on the World Wide Web, consisting of an HTML file and any related files"
So ... HTML doesn't have anything to do with the specification of HTML?

I think I'll need to write a debunking thread :)

Site icon Comment by Guido at June 7, 2006 11:11 AM | Permalink

I recommend to use Firefox, it is the surest browser.

I never had problems with Firefox on the other hand with IE I usually had
problems with Spyware and Dialers.

I the following link you can download the Firefox Browser, this version
included an orthographic corrector.

Download Firefox with
orthographic corrector ->

Site icon Comment by Firefox at June 8, 2006 10:32 PM | Permalink

I still don't think any browser is gonna beat Opera.
Firefox is pretty good but sometimes just is really getting bad.
Opera never gets bad.
IE is the worse.
I don't know about Safari and Konqueror.

Opera rules!!!

Comment by Drakazz at June 13, 2006 10:52 PM | Permalink

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