Nothing Is Safe

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-09-29 Print this article Print

Its not that Firefox is perfectly safe. "Mozilla has similar issues, but not the same with integration points. Its holes tend to be in the XML system that is used to create its graphical interface. Its been in these subsystems that hackers have been finding vulnerabilities," Levy said.
So, what does it all mean?
Well, first, nothing is safe. Its just that Firefox, from where I sit, tends to be safer than Internet Explorer. You still have to patch your browser and you still have to be careful about what you do with it. It doesnt matter how up-to-date your browser is if you enter your credit card information into a bogus site. Why do I think Firefox is better? Well, Ill let Mozillas Beard tell you what he thinks. "Its hard to draw conclusions around the security of a given Web browser by comparing the number of vulnerabilities publicly acknowledged by vendors during an arbitrary time frame. This type of evaluation doesnt take into account the number of unpatched vulnerabilities and the speed at which critical vulnerabilities are fixed." "Its also important to note that most software vendors report vulnerabilities differently—some group vulnerabilities together, while Mozilla reports on them separately and in deep detail as part of our open-source process," Beard said. Faster fixes, open repairs, and more thorough reporting. That sounds good to me. It should sound good to you. Ziff Davis Internet Senior Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been working and writing about technology and business since the late 80s and thinks he may just have learned something about them along the way. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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