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Firefox holes patched as browser becomes bigger target

Discussion in 'News' started by Mr.Cheeks, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member


    Firefox holes patched as browser becomes bigger target

    Those of us who received our automatic security updates for the Mozilla Firefox browser last week have received a stark reminder that, when it comes to software and the web, the level of vulnerability rises in proportion to the size of the target. The fact that most of us Firefox users are now running Firefox, as a result of the need to fix 12 flaws, five of which were critical, is proof enough of that.

    For years, Microsoft's detractors have been pummelling the company mercilessly for being such a hackable target. Meanwhile, Apple and the various flavours of Unix and Linux got off scot free. It is true that more vulnerabilities are probably discovered in Windows daily than in a whole year in Mac OSX. However, not even Mac and Linux users can dispute the fact that to a large degree, until relatively recently, virus writers have largely ignored them, preferring to go after their favourite sport Windows.

    Now that the Mac platform looks like going through a renaissance, virus writers are starting to refocus their gaze.....

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    1. simongrahamuk
      How true. The most popular product, regardless of how it got to be the most popular is always the one that gets targeted. :ohmy

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