Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 17th Oct 2009 05:27 UTC
Microsoft Whilst it's not okay in Microsoft's eyes for Google to install a plugin into Internet Explorer, increasing the potential surface area of attack, when Microsoft do it to Firefox, it's a different matter. Now a security hole has been found in a plugin that Microsoft have been silently installing into Firefox.
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RE[6]: beware the .net
by license_2_blather on Mon 19th Oct 2009 19:03 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: beware the .net"
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I for one am willing to forego some fancy UI elements in exchange for some security. We are, after all, dealing with unknown, untrusted data from unknown, untrusted sources.

To beat your example to death ;) , I have no problem picking my month and day from two drop-downs instead of a calendar view. If I need the calendar, I'll call it up locally on my PC.

Ultimately I think browsers will have to become sandboxes, or (more comfortable to me) we will have to run them in our own sandboxes (a la Sandboxie on Windows, jails on FreeBSD, SELinux). Yes, it will be inconvenient (browse sandbox files, click the one I meant to download, transfer out of sandbox), but far less troublesome than losing your data or reloading your OS.

Edited 2009-10-19 19:04 UTC

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