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    Firefox & MAC security (IE 7 beta 1)


    Firefox and Mac security sanctuaries under attack

    Symantec has attacked the perceived security advantages of Firefox and Apple Macs by drawing unfavourable comparisons with Microsoft's software and describing Mac fans as living in a "false paradise". According to the latest edition of Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, 25 vulnerabilities were disclosed for Mozilla browsers and 13 for Microsoft Internet Explorer in the first half of 2005.

    Graham Pinkney, head of threat intelligence EMEA at Symantec, said that switching from IE to Firefox as a way of minimising security risks was no longer valid advice. "Cross-site scripting attacks have been used to attack more vulnerabilities in Mozilla browsers over the last six months than IE," Pinkney told an IDC security conference last week ahead of the publication of Symantec's threat report today. John Cheney, chief executive of email filtering firm BlackSpider, replied that the release of Firefox had "helped Microsoft to raise its game" in terms of browser security. - Channel Register

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    Re: Firefox & MAC security (IE 7 beta 1)

    I am not surprised that attacks on Firefox have increased. The scum that target software have traditionally picked on Microsoft for a number of reasons, one of the reasons being that it is widely used. Since Firefox has become quite popular they are targeting it. Now that Opera has become free, if it's userbase starts increasing then the scum will probably target it more often.

    How quickly the software vendor responds to the vulnerabilites that are found is very important. Mozilla are usually very quick at patching their software and certainly much quicker than many other vendors.

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