Mozilla based browsers getting exploited too

By Derek Sooman on March 21, 2005, 2:56 PM
Malicious crackers on the internet may be targeting Mozilla based browsers now, not just IE. The claim is backed up by the fact that between July 1, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2004, the number of documented vulnerabilities affecting the Mozilla browser and Mozilla's Firefox browser was higher than the number of vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

"We are starting to see Firefox and Mozilla get more attention from attackers, and that is likely to continue. People who are writing Trojans and worms that get distributed via Web browser vulnerabilities are looking for the highest yield." - Alfred Huger, senior director of engineering at Symantec.

In the past, IE was the main target of attack, but this may change in future as Firefox becomes more popular.




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Soul Harvester said:
Good. If FF can get a good solid stake in the market and remain competetive through updates, weathering whatever attacks launched against it, we all win in the end.
Mikael said:
I am still shocked that people assumed that FireFox would not have security risks. Granted, FireFox appears to be a lot safer to use than IE, but it's not like it is invulnerable.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[quote]Malicious crackers on the internet may be targeting[/quote]...[quote]We are starting to see Firefox and Mozilla get more attention from attackers[/quote][quote]the number of documented vulnerabilities affecting the Mozilla browser and Mozilla's Firefox browser was higher than the number of vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft's Internet Explorer.[/quote]Documented vulnerabilities is not the same thing as being attacked.I know, the article didn't even say they are being attacked, just "may be getting more attention".I just installed OSX Security Update 2005-003, yes, the third this year, and still haven't seen any articles about OSX being targeted by malicious people any more than in the past. Maybe it's "getting more attention" too, users should be warned.
Phantasm66 said:
You'll be laughing on the other side of your face the first time a big Firefox exploit hits the internet. Its only a matter of time. Although, I will agree that I could have worded more carefully.[Edited by Phantasm66 on 2005-03-22 14:59:27]
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