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Mozilla Firefox vs. IE

by satish_997 / April 25, 2008 3:25 AM PDT

Someone told me Mozilla Firefox browsed the internet much safer than IE, but, when I asked he why, he didn't have an answer. Is this true, and, if so, why?


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Firefox is much safer...
by Larry38 / April 25, 2008 6:35 AM PDT
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by satish_997 / April 25, 2008 7:14 AM PDT

that makes sense.

So I would assume Firefox doesn't allow any executable files to run?

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by santuccie / April 28, 2008 9:57 AM PDT
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I'm not 100% sure, but it sounds like you're asking about drive-by downloads (getting infected simply by visiting a Web page). These are not executables, they are scripts that run on a parent program, by default, MS Script Host. These still go through Firefox. Without them, you would not be able to view Google ads, watch YouTube videos, play online games, or do a number of other things.

Fixing browser vulnerabilities might make it harder for spyware to hijack your browser, and also defend against certain other methods of remote code execution, but it tends to have little impact on what scripts can do. This depends on a number of variables, including browser privileges, user privileges, active security monitors and what they can detect/block, etc.

One easy way to protect your system from attacks via Firefox or IE is Haute Secure, which is freeware. You can get it here.

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firefox myths
by mjoyce91 / April 25, 2008 9:40 AM PDT
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here's a website you might want to check out. it's not very bias, so it'll give you a good idea of firefox and other browsers.


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Only safe browser is the offline one.
by Acaykath / April 25, 2008 10:16 AM PDT
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It is not that Firefox is actually safer than Internet explorer(assuming you are using the latest version and keep it up to date) but that attackers are targeting IE more, but with the market share that Firefox has gained, it is increasingly becoming a target.

Some people will claim that it is because Firefox does not support ActiveX. This is true, there are many ActiveX exploits because ActiveX is Microsoft's version of Firefox's plugins which are just as insecure and there are currently some Firefox plug-in virii that install without the user's permission. Internet Explorer, like Firefox, will by default ask if you want to install these plugins, but malware authors do not do things the usual way. They wll usually use javascript exploits (which work in both browsers equally efficiently) to get their code running on your system without your permission.

If you are extremely paranoid about this type of thing, make your normal internet usage disable everything but the basic html, then add specific sites to the trusted zone to allow them to use Java, flash, active x, javascript, etc...

Remember, no matter how paranoid you are about security, you aren't safe as long as you are connected to the internet.

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by paultaut / April 25, 2008 12:40 PM PDT

try trustware's BufferZone...Virtual memory envelope while surfing the internet...takes a while to get up to speed but anything going onto your apps when you are online only gets in to the buffer...of course that means that if you trust something, you have to reinstall it out of the Buffer.

all of the plugins,viruses,trojans, whatever, all attach to apps. that appear to be on your computer but are in reality in a virtual envelope simulating them.

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by b8375629 / April 26, 2008 5:16 AM PDT

"It is not that Firefox is actually safer than Internet explorer (assuming you are using the latest version and keep it up to date) but that attackers are targeting IE more, but with the market share that Firefox has gained, it is increasingly becoming a target."

Nonsense, ActiveX is but one reason. The other main reason is the Mozilla.org is on top of any security exploits that come their way and updates are issued within in a matter of hours, as opposed to M$ who sit on security patches every couple of months.

I remember in the not-too-distant past when weeks (even months) would go by before M$ would issue a security patch for IE6. It's as if they forgot about it or didn't care.

Mozilla has enough of a market share by now to be targeted and they are to a certain extent. It's now more a matter of reacting to events quickly, instead of taking your monopolized, captive audience for granted.

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Verification and Validation of Software/FireFox
by msgale / April 26, 2008 6:07 AM PDT
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Sorry, but I find your example unacceptable. Having worked on many large software efforts over the past thirty years, nothing can be turned around in a few hours if proper testing and checking are done. Software efforts include TUL for the US Army Safeguard System COmmand, P3C Update I and Proteus ASP for NADC Warminister, SSNS for Verizon Communications and Aegis for the US Navy.

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In spite of your 'impressive' background
by b8375629 / April 28, 2008 4:17 AM PDT

You obviously haven't used Firefox for any appreciable amount of time. They're reactions to proven threats are one of the best in the industry.

Especially if one compares it with their main browser competitor, Microsoft.

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Mozilla Firefox vs. IE Answer
by yourpctechguy / April 26, 2008 7:22 PM PDT
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Internet Explorer shares components with Windows Explorer. In the Netscape vs Microsoft lawsuit about bundled software and IE being the offered browser vs Netscape, Bill Gates stated that beneath Internet Explorer is Windows Explorer, and as such they simply found it easier to make the PC browser shift to the web browser. Firefox has a set of vulnerabilities unique to itself. Internet Explorer has all windows exploits that crossover to it, and its own exploits including active x and how it manages files. Firefox is safer because of its design, its constant updates, its limited interaction with your PC by way of the root folder, and because it does not share as many windows components and plug-ins. Definitely the Active X Java-scripting is involved because Firefox never asks you to enable it and the spyware blockers such as Spyware Blaster and Spybot SD actively block active x from known malware websites.

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