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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Microsoft cares!
by satan666 on Tue 11th Oct 2011 20:47 UTC
satan666
Member since:
2008-04-18

I visited the site using Opera 12 on Linux. This is what I got:
"We can't give you a score for your browser."
Does that mean that I am in danger? Should I keep surfing the web using the current configuration? Or maybe I should install Windows and use Internet Explorer?
Man, what a dilemma!

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RE: Microsoft cares!
by nzgreen on Tue 11th Oct 2011 20:57 in reply to "Microsoft cares!"
nzgreen Member since:
2008-01-07

Firefox 7.0.1 on Ubuntu gets a 2 out of 4. I'm not worried though because this combination benefits from "Windows Operating System features that protect against arbitrary data execution" and "Windows Operating System features that randomize the memory layout to make it harder for attackers to find their target".

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RE[2]: Microsoft cares!
by BluenoseJake on Tue 11th Oct 2011 21:01 in reply to "RE: Microsoft cares!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

It randomized your memory layout so thoroughly that it looks like Linux, that's a nice trick

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RE: Microsoft cares!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 11th Oct 2011 22:49 in reply to "Microsoft cares!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Same result for konqueror.

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RE: Microsoft cares!
by Nth_Man on Wed 12th Oct 2011 01:06 in reply to "Microsoft cares!"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

It says the same with Rekonq :-)

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RE: Microsoft cares!
by auouymous on Wed 12th Oct 2011 03:27 in reply to "Microsoft cares!"
auouymous Member since:
2011-09-23

"We can't give you a score for your browser."

Scores higher than 4 produce a bounds error and can't be displayed. ;)

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RE: Microsoft cares!
by sorpigal on Thu 13th Oct 2011 11:09 in reply to "Microsoft cares!"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I find it funny that MS is doing version string sniffing to identify security rather than actually testing things. I thought this practice had been stamped out!

Does the browser filter out scripts on the client to help protect against XSS attacks?

Marked as No, despite the fact that I run both NoScript and RequestPolicy. I'll take my own carefully constructed whitelists over Microsoft's heuristics and blacklists any day.

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RE: Microsoft cares!
by qroon on Thu 13th Oct 2011 17:27 in reply to "Microsoft cares!"
qroon Member since:
2005-10-21

Tried it with Firefox Beta 8 on XP (don't kill me for using XP, it's work :-D ) and got the same result.

Edited 2011-10-13 17:27 UTC

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