Firefox not secure enough, says Accuvant’s Report
Recent report on the security of browsers brings out some alarming revelations.Your favourite browser might not be the safest.The report by Accuvant LABS,a reputed security firm places Mozilla's Firefox the last when compared to Chrome and IE. Read on to find out more.
The Accuvant LABS has published a report on security evaluation of the three most widely used browsers – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer – to determine which browser best secures against attackers. They compared browsers from a layered perspective, taking into account security architecture and anti-exploitation techniques. According to this report, Mozilla’s Firefox lacks modern security safeguards. In many of the key security areas, Firefox lags behind Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browsers. Though the report is funded by Google, Accuvant has excellent credentials when it comes to matters of security. So there is no question of bias involved.
The three major areas where Mozilla’s Firefox was found wanting were
Sandboxing : It is a technology which can estimate the accessibility that an exploit has to the target machine.
Plug-in security : This limits accessibility of plug-ins and prevents the malicious add-ons from downloading.
Mozilla's browser also topped the list of critical vulnerabilities.
Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have been found to have state-of-the-art anti-exploitation technologies. Firefox falls behind Chrome and IE as it did not support JIT Hardening. The Zdnet report also adds that Chrome is best when it comes to plugin security and sandboxing architecture implementing mechanism. Chrome is the safest against attacks. So Firefox users, Beware!!!Your browser is not as safe as you think it is.