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[News] Free (Libre) Browsers More Secure Than Microsoft's, Gain a Lot in Europe

  • Subject: [News] Free (Libre) Browsers More Secure Than Microsoft's, Gain a Lot in Europe
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:55:45 +0000
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Are all browsers equally vulnerable?

,----[ Quote ]
| With all this Internet Explorer insecurity 
| issues coming to light, a common argument 
| is:
|     âAll browsers are insecure, just 
|     practice safer browsing by not clicking 
|     on links in unsolicited mail.â
| Sure, thatâs a important part of being safe 
| on the net, but itâs only half of the 
| picture. Of course all browsers will have 
| security holes at particular points in time, 
| no software is perfect.
| However, what we should be looking at is a 
| vendorâs response to security 
| vulnerabilities. Itâs how quickly a vendor 
| can patch a hole and distribute the fix 
| which is most important. (Of course, 
| security by design and underlying operating 
| system are also important factors.)


Microsoft's IE has still more flaws 


Time to dump Internet Explorer for something safer?

,----[ Quote ]
| Another day, another IE flaw! Just when you 
| thought it was safe to go back in the 
| Internet Explorer water (mainly as Microsoft 
| told you it was after releasing yet another 
| patch to fix yet another vulnerability) 
| comes the news that actually, would you 
| believe it, but Internet Explorer still 
| isn't safe. 


Internet Explorer Losing its Luster in Europe?

,----[ Quote ]
| According to data released by the AT 
| Internet Institute, Microsoft's Internet 
| Explorer has fallen to under 60% of visits 
| in Europe. The firm suggests that with 
| widely publicized news of a major security 
| flaw and moves being made by competing 
| browsers, IE's fall may not be reversed in 
| the very near future.



Expert finds vulnerabilities in Microsoft browser

,----[ Quote ]
| A security research firm said it discovered
| another set of vulnerabilities in Internet
| Explorer, a day after Microsoft Corp patched
| the Web browser following a high-profile
| cyber attack on Google in China.


IE is so secure we just had to build an OS out of it.

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsofts new Gazelle concept is the
| greatest thing to hit Linux or the computer
| industry as a whole ever. According to
| Microsoft, Gazelle is a secure web browser
| constructed as a multi-principal OS. I never
| thought I would live to see the day that
| Microsoft announces its own suicide.
| I also never imagined that you could become
| a top executive and yet be so absolutely
| clueless as to sell an idea to the board
| that will mark their own demise and yet be
| so blinded by greed that the obvious has
| become a non issuing factor.


Firefox, Opera downloads surge after IE security scare

,----[ Quote ]
| Internet browsers Firefox and Opera have
| experienced a massive surge in downloads
| since the security flaw in Microsoft
| Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) was exposed.
| Firefox owner Mozilla claims it has
| experienced more than 300,000 extra
| downloads over a four-day period in Germany
| that started last Friday. Opera downloads in
| Germany amounted to over 18,000 in a day
| over last weekend.


Widespread Attacks Exploit Newly Patched IE Bug

,----[ Quote ]
| The first widespread attack to leverage a
| recently patched flaw in Microsoft's Internet
| Explorer browser has surfaced.
| Starting late Wednesday, researchers at
| antivirus vendor Symantec's Security Response
| group began spotting dozens of Web sites that
| contain the Internet Explorer attack, which
| works reliably on the IE 6 browser, running
| on Windows XP. The attack installs a Trojan
| horse program that is able to bypass some
| security products and then give hackers
| access to the system, said Joshua Talbot, a
| security intelligence manager with Symantec.
| Once it has infected a PC, the Trojan sends a
| notification e-mail to the attackers, using a
| U.S.-based, free e-mail service that Symantec
| declined to name.

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