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Old 01-15-2006, 08:01 PM   #1
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LXer: Firefox security (Really Windows Security or Lack Thereof - ED)

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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? [ED: Oh, the horror - well this really is more about the lack of Windows IE security than the supposed object of interest. In physics scattering probability from a given nucleus is measure in terms of "barns" that if compared to the content here would be strictly proportional to the physical size and packing density, i.e. size of the program and how dense the number of targets in use on the internet. In nuclear physics and here too on a more mundane topic the interactions are much more complex than simple a priori probability. To be a worthwhile target in the case of a browser it must allow a pathway to either control or damage the target system, hence, even were the numbers reduced the integration of IE directly to the OS makes it still a more tempting target. Moreover, being more easily compromised just adds to it inherent attractiveness. So if you like to read why IE, Windows are not inherently at fault, this is a simple minded article for you - HC]

Old 10-18-2008, 10:32 PM   #2
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I think that just Firefox not allowing activex, and not being integrated into the file system & explorer itself gives it a security advantage regardless of the size of its user base.

I think if the "Adblock Plus" and its "element hiding helper" extensions were built into the default installation, and it disallowed 3rd party cookies by default, it would be even more secure.

Either way I'm not worried, if Firefox follows IE's fate regardless of its advantages I will just switch to Opera, Safari, Epiphany, etc...

I always have 10 different browsers installed on the same system any ways, just so I can do things without cookies getting in my way...


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