Mozilla Browsers Gains on IE

Saturday July 10th, 2004

Anonymous writes in with a link to a story on PC talking about how the recent IE security vulnerabilities have started to impact current browser marketshare. It goes on to state that Mozilla/Netscape browsers share of the market according to WebSideStory has gone up 26% in the last month, gaining almost an entire percentage point overall, with IE losing 1 percent of its share. It attributes this to people trying out Mozilla based browsers because of concerns for security, and points out, "Once people start examining the features of Mozilla versus Internet Explorer instead of looking at a brand name... I think they'll see there's a lot more value."

#14 Re: Does CERT list "many" Security Holes in Mozill

by mlefevre

Sunday July 11th, 2004 5:23 AM

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"As many" isn't right (not sure about CERT, but on other security sites, IE has at least double the number), but Mozilla security issues do exist.

Mozilla keeps issues secret until they are publicised or exploited (i.e. people know about them anyway), or until they are fixed in Mozilla releases and releases based on Mozilla by other distributors. But Microsoft doesn't publicise issues until they are exploited and/or fixed either.

So, it's true that Microsoft flaws are more likely to be found/exploited, because IE is more widely used. But I don't think there's any proof that the number and severity of known flaws would the same, even if the level of attention was the same.

I'm not sure a "standard reponse" is needed - people can formulate short responses based on the point that's made...