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Firefox Not as Secure as some think

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Toyman, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Toyman

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  2. HerrGlock

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    I have yet to see a program that has over about 100 lines of code that does not have a DoS, overflow, underflow, or other vulnerability of some kind.

    Some programs are much tighter out of the box than others and some companies are MUCH more responsive to announcements than others, though.

    There is also the idea that some browsers have more permission to do stuff to the OS than others as well. That gives malware a direct line to the kernel of the operating system.

    Firefox, mozilla, netscape, opera, galeon, may not be perfect but they at least understand limited permissions a whole lot better than some other browsers out there and thus ARE more secure. If you cannot do as much damage when there is a vulnerability, is that not the browser writers taking security into account?

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  3. David_G17

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    There's now a new version of Firefox available,Firefox 1.0.1
     
  5. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Who's preaching?

    Compared to IE, most ANY browser looks good.

    Besides, when both the US Government and Billy Gates are telling you that IE6 is an incredible security risk...you'd be nuts not to at least entertain the notion until you can prove that isn's so, IMHO.

    Unless you are Beta-testing a malware scanner or something, that is....

    Thanks anyway.

    PS Religious Nazis?!?;Q
     
  6. gamegod86

    gamegod86 Male Lesbian

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    I love Firefox. IMO, for a long time it was simply a small target, and therefore was largely ignored by those that wish to exploit browsers.

    I am starting to wonder about that. My occurances of popups are becoming more and more frequent. I think that they are starting to write code to annoy FF users.
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  7. David_G17

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    i'm actually more of a lynx kind of guy myself. haven't run into many security vulnerabilities with it yet.
     
  8. Harlequin

    Harlequin I need a weapon

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    Got a link for that? I see no newer security announcement, the update option finds nothing, and I don't see a download link or any kind of announcement of a new version anywhere.
     
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    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/all.html

    i was suprised to find a new point release also.
     
  10. vote Republican

    vote Republican White and nerdy Moderator

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    +1 - I told it check now for new updates and it didn't find any.

    Maybe they'll fix that in 1.02. ;Q

    Has anyone downloaded/installed 1.01- can you do it directly over 1.0?
     
  11. Harlequin

    Harlequin I need a weapon

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    Thanks. I found it after looking a little deeper into the release notes. The problem is that when clicking over to the release site from the icon on the browser it went to the start page, not the download page. It seems to do this automatically when the site thinks you had the latest version. After going to getfirefox.com or something similiar I saw where it had been updated.
     
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    Yes, I have it running. Installation is over 1.0 and is painless.

    Religious nazis??
    ;Q
     
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    The update feature will go live in a couple of days. The Firefox project doesnt want to overload its update server so they want people to upgrade via other means.
     
  14. Fireglock

    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    The notes said to not load 1.01 over an existing install. I removed 1.0 and then loaded 1.01, it picked everything up from the profile folder.
     
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    I don't remember seeing anyone say Firefox is perfect. However, IE is much, much further from perfection than Firefox. Also, IE hasn't been in development since the release of IE 6. Only recently, Microsoft announced they have started alpha testing an IE that will release with Longhorn.
     
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    The only such notice I found had to do with a specific condition, quote:

    I installed 1.0.1 over my functioning 1.0 - perfect, no problems.
     
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    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    All Systems

    * Prior to installing Firefox 1.0.1, please ensure that the directory you've chosen to install into is clean and doesn't contain any previous Firefox installations.
     
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    Heh. I didn't see it (it is buried a bit deep). Good catch. Well, I am glad it worked nevertheless. :)

    Thanks for bringing it up.
     
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    Ljunatic On The Fringe

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