Microsoft: Internet Explorer safer than Firefox

Microsoft: Internet Explorer safer than Firefox

Jeff Jones, an employee of Microsoft in the Trustworthy Computing Group, compared IE7's own Internet Explorer with the increasingly strong competition from Mozilla and found results that were not surprising - if you consider who the man is for works.

According to his analyzes , significantly fewer security gaps had to be closed in Internet Explorer. Since the first version of Firefox in November 2004, Mozilla closed 199 security holes. Of these, 75 were critical, 100 moderate and 24 of minor importance. In the same period, 'only' 87 security vulnerabilities occurred in Internet Explorer, 54 of them critical, 28 moderate and 5 minor problems.

Firefox vulnerability

In addition to the numbers, the Microsoft employee also consults the available updates. While Mozilla discontinues support after six months and currently only provides Firefox 2.0 with updates, Microsoft is even bringing security updates for Windows 2000 and the Internet Explorer 5.01 integrated in it. This is suitable for private users, but not for large corporate areas.

A Mozilla employee refuted this Statements from Microsoft prompt. The most serious mistake in Microsoft's report is based on the number of security holes to draw conclusions about the security of the entire product. Mike Shaver mentioned a few points that make Jeff Jones' report untrustworthy. Microsoft always closes several gaps with a single patch, which is why it cannot be proven whether all separate vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer have really been counted. His blog goes on to say that Mozilla only worksMicrosoft's approach would have to adapt in order to also receive embellished figures. Furthermore, Microsoft does not take into account the time span from becoming aware of the security gap to its removal. At the beginning of the year it was announced that Internet Explorer 6 with all available patches in 2006 was vulnerable to at least one security hole on 284 out of 365 days .

Private users are currently robbing Microsoft the largest market shares. While Internet Explorer is still number one worldwide, it looks a lot different on many sites that keep their own statistics. On ComputerBase, the total number of browsers based on Mozilla (Firefox, SeaMonkey and Netscape) almost reached 60 percent. Of course, Firefox 2.0 has the bear share with a little over 55 percent, followed by the beta version of Firefox 3.0 with almost two percent. Internet Explorer is a total of 31 percent (beginning of the year 35 percent). Almost a third of its users still rely on the older Internet Explorer 6.0, even if the majority since the beginning of the year switched to IE7. Opera was also able to gain some users from Internet Explorer and is a good eight percent.

CB page views by browsers
Unit: Percent
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Internet Explorer 7
    • Internet Explorer 6
    • Opera
    • SeaMonkey
    • Safari
    • Konqueror
    • Netscape