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."

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

by schapel

Sunday July 11th, 2004 9:30 AM

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Security by obscurity is a perfectly reasonable second line of defense against attacks. The problem with obscurity is when you use that as the first line of defense. An example would be a cryptographic alogrithm that is "secure" because the algorithm is kept secret. Such cryptographic systems have been easily defeated. Think DeCSS.

But if you have a security hole in your program due to a bug, you by all means want to keep it as secret as possible until nearly all systems are patched with a fix. In this case, fixing the problem is the first line of defense, and the obscurity is a second line of defense. When the security flaw does exist and is installed in millions of computers worldwide, what else can you do until a fix is available except keep it a secret?

By the way, if Mozilla holes are secret, how does *he* know about them? ;-)