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IE 7 and Firefox - Some Interesting Security Comparisons

I like and use both browsers and they offer improved security over past versions.  A browser's main role is to fetch objects from a web site and present information in a structured format back to the user.  There's only so much either product can accomplish, as the ultimate protection lies with the user and their own safety practices. 

Below are several interesting links from both sides:  

Jeff Jones Blog - Internet Explorer and Firefox Vulnerability Analysis
http://blogs.technet.com/security/archive/2007/11/30/download-internet-explorer-and-firefox-vulnerability-analysis.aspx

QUOTE: The report in detail examines vulnerabilities over the past 3 years, breaks them down by severity, looks at version-over-version trends for each browser and finally examines how each browser is doing in terms of unfixed vulnerabilities.

Computerworld - Microsoft and Mozilla trade punches over browser security
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9051186

QUOTE: Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, also took Microsoft to the woodshed,first criticizing the vendor for not providing a public bug database so that Jones' numbers could be verified, then discounting the figures entirely.

Schrep's blog -Apples, Oranges, and the truth
http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/schrep/archives/2007/11/use_the_metric_which_suits_you.html

QUOTE: Bug counts are meaningless, what matters is whether you are at risk or not. Symantec looked at this problem before as has Brian Krebs of the Washington Post. I recently found this up-to-date analysis of data on Secunia which paints the same picture. Firefox is safer than IE.

Web Browser Security Summary
http://www.webdevout.net/browser-security

QUOTE: This document will summarize the security vulnerability levels in the three most popular web browsers on Windows. The information was collected from Secunia, a leading computer software security monitoring company. These statistics cover all reported vulnerabilities in Windows versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera.

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