Linked by David Adams on Tue 11th Oct 2011 20:08 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Internet Explorer Microsoft has unveiled a website aimed at raising awareness of browser security by comparing the ability of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome to withstand attacks from malware, phishing, and other types of threats. Your Browser Matters gives the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome a paltry 2 and 2.5 points respectively out of a possible score of 4. Visit the site using the IE 9, however, and the browser gets a perfect score. IE 7 gets only 1 point, and IE 6 receives no points at all. The site refused to rate Apple's Safari browser in tests run by The Register.
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RE[3]: Comment by Gone fishing
by Alfman on Wed 12th Oct 2011 06:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

moondevil,

"Sorry, but is this not exactly the same in all OSs? You always need root access to install software, usually."

I think neolander was talking about the ability to run software under local user accounts, without compromising the system at large.

I've not kept up on the windows end, but I think today windows and linux are on par with regards to being able to support this. However most windows installers demand root access whether or not it's needed, whereas linux software generally doesn't care.

I don't think either linux nor windows support transparent application sandboxing very well. For instance, when I was at university running solaris, it annoyed me that all the mechanisms needed to run programs security under *nix required root privileges that I did not have (for chroot/adduser/suid). Therefor, a bug in the browser or any other program could compromise my whole account, as an end user I had no defense.

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