Mozilla Disputes Bit9's Claim That Firefox is "Most Vulnerable App"
December 18, 2008 8:43 AM
Experts are taking issue to a recent study which warned users of potential risk of using Firefox
A recent security study from Bit9 argued that Mozilla's
Firefox was the most vulnerable application
and thus a major threat to businesses. One of the chief reasons it gave was the lack of a large-network patching system. For this reason, despite
recent security flaws
, it did not consider Microsoft's Internet Explorer software, as it assumed that such a patching system dramatically lowered vulnerability.
Bit9 went as far as to suggest that enterprises block their employees from having access to Firefox and delete it from work computers.
Some firms, including Mozilla, were quick to take issue with Bit9's alarming comments. Representatives from Mozilla's security branch, Human Shield contacted
with remarks on the topic. The company's Johnathan Nightingale states, "While we're always happy to see stories that focus on educating our users about security, there are some problems with Bit9's methodology that hinder its ability to draw any meaningful conclusions."
According to Mr. Nightingale, by raising the "risk" of companies which disclose critical vulnerabilities, Bit9's study punishes openness, a critical key to security. It rewards companies that keep their vulnerabilities secret, he argues.
He also criticizes Bit9's stance on patching, stating that the firm's claims fall short of reality. He states, "Bit9 seems to understand (the need for smarter metrics) in its focus on application support for updates, but again it fails to account for the real world experience. Firefox does not deliver WSUS updates, but our built-in update mechanism requires no user intervention, and we consistently see 90% adoption within six days of a new update being released."
He concludes, "The Firefox vulnerabilities Bit9 discusses are long-since fixed, with the majority of these fixes coming within days of it being announced. That is the real measure of application security: are known vulnerabilities fixed promptly, tested carefully, and deployed thoroughly? Bug counting is unfortunately common because it's easy, but it should not be a substitute for real security measurement."
Similar sentiments were also echoed by various readers on
as well as several sources in the security business. While the Bit9 study certainly takes a controversial and interesting position, according to many its claims are overly broad and flawed. Whether this is the case is largely a matter of opinion, but one thing's for sure -- whether you're on Firefox, Opera, Chrome, or Internet Explorer, security is largely in the
hands of the user
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
Critical Vulnerability In Internet Explorer Found, Patch on the Way
December 17, 2008, 12:50 PM
Firefox: Most Risky App to Businesses in New Study
December 12, 2008, 4:00 PM
Woman Succumbs to "Greed", Loses $400K USD to Nigerian Scammers
November 18, 2008, 8:31 AM
The USA’s newest weather satellite sends first photos.
January 24, 2017, 6:41 AM
Netflix took a decision to invest in original content
January 19, 2017, 7:00 AM
Amazon Airborne Fulfillment Center – Your Merchandise Drop-Shipped from the Clouds
December 29, 2016, 5:00 AM
Amazon is experimenting with a new kind of grocery stores, Amazon Go
December 8, 2016, 5:00 AM
Google has developed Deep Learning Algorithm to detect Diabetic Eye Disease
December 4, 2016, 5:00 AM
Google plans ultra-fast wireless Internet for Research Triangle Park, N.C.
August 12, 2016, 6:30 AM
Most Popular Articles
Android Instant Tethering Only Works for Pixel and Nexus Handsets
February 13, 2017, 7:30 AM
New iMac and Release Date
February 4, 2017, 9:30 AM
Intel Core vPro – Upgrade to 4 GHz Business Class
February 13, 2017, 6:41 AM
LG G6 – The Latest Flagship Smartphone by LG for 2017
February 14, 2017, 7:05 AM
HP Spectre x360 – 4K Brilliance and Long Battery Life
February 11, 2017, 7:22 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Around the World
Feb 18, 2017, 5:48 AM
News of Future
Feb 17, 2017, 6:30 AM
Amazon parachutes May Float Packages to Customers
Feb 16, 2017, 8:00 AM
Now you Can Watch Facebook on Your TV
Feb 15, 2017, 7:42 AM
Feb 14, 2017, 5:36 AM
Razer Blade Stealth – Little Kaby Lake Powerhouse
Feb 13, 2017, 7:50 AM
Android 7.0 Nougat 7.0 Update Bring Less Battery Life for Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge
Feb 12, 2017, 7:45 AM
Apple iPhone 8 – OLED Display & Wireless Charging
Feb 11, 2017, 8:09 AM
Feb 10, 2017, 6:15 AM
Feb 9, 2017, 6:00 AM
Eye catching news
Feb 8, 2017, 6:16 AM
Some World News
Feb 7, 2017, 6:15 AM
Feb 6, 2017, 10:11 AM
Feb 5, 2017, 7:27 AM
Notes and News
Feb 4, 2017, 5:53 AM
Feb 3, 2017, 5:30 AM
Feb 2, 2017, 7:00 AM
News Around The World.
Feb 1, 2017, 7:20 AM
Jan 31, 2017, 7:57 AM
Tips of Today
Jan 30, 2017, 6:53 AM
What is new?
Jan 29, 2017, 6:26 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information