MozillaZine

Comparatively Speaking...

Monday July 1st, 2002

Linux Online recently compared the major Linux browsers, including the Mozilla-based trio of Mozilla 1.0, Netscape 6.2 and Galeon. Reviewer Michael J Jordan praises Mozilla's stability, tabbed browsing, rendering and customisation.

As mentioned by fondacio on our forums, the International Herald and Tribune took a look at Mozilla, Opera and NeoPlanet (note that the site doesn't seem to work in some builds of Mozilla). Reviewer Lee Dembart says that "Mozilla is impressive and has it all over Opera." He especially likes the ability to block pop-ups, tabbed browsing and pipelining.

UPDATE! tuxracer writes: "I've put up a browser comparison list, comparing various features that affect usability and W3C standards compliance. It compares Mozilla 1.0, Netcaptor 7.01, Internet Explorer 6.0 (Windows), and Internet Explorer 5.x (Mac)."


#151 INTERNET EXPLORER VIRUS

by fooness

Sunday July 14th, 2002 1:27 PM

You are replying to this message

While the discussion is interesting, the correct data is missing.

The all-time Internet Explorer 'virus' or exploit is in fact something called:

js.exception

This is / was a problem with MSIE's VM which allows for complete write access to the hard drive.

Merely surfing the web will allow for install or writing to the clients hard drive. There are no shortage of infections continuing today.

It is Internet Explorer 5.5 specific. Which is the version that the vast majroity of MS users have today. It requires nothing other than an unpatched version of 5.5.

Nimda on the other hand while primarily an internet worm had a second vector via the web utilising a combination flaw of IE5.5 and the default Windows Media Player 6 to allow for execution.

Someone can do the math, surfers with a combination of IE5.5 and Windows Media Player 6 happening upon one of one hundred thousand infected MS servers vs. surfers with only IE5.5 happening upon a specially crafted website utilising js.exception.

Nimda today has died down but look at the count.

js.exception is very much still active today.

Run a search on google groups for js.exception.

There is no officially tally yet on it as it is still "active" certainly when all is said and done, there will be some very interesting statistics.

For an idiots view of js.exception:

<http://antivirus.about.co…rary/weekly/aa041602a.htm>

for a more technical understanding search out the following:

com.ms.activeX.ActiveXComponent

Either one will certainly confirm that the automobile accident to web surfer ration can most definitely be close.

Very simply put, Internet Explorer is flawed now and tomorrow. It is a poorly produced piece of software (be design)and can never be fixed properly unless re-written from scratch.