Firefox update squashes security bugs …

I here a lot of customer feedback as many people at Microsoft do about security, and the nightmare of patching system, IE flaws.  I was reading about an article titled "PCs falling victim to Windows flaws" a flaw being exploited by hackers using trojan horses on this morning just shaking my head at the amount of continued ridicule people will throw at me, telling how secure other browsers and platforms are like Firefox and Linux (and so on).  We have already released a patch for the flaw however it will not slow down the perception or amount of ridicule I here this week. 

After reading the Windows flaw article I scroll down and I see an article titled "Firefox update squashes security bugs", from the title I am thinking great this is just more fuel to the fire, while Windows is being exploited FireFox is gaining more momentum, ah but wait! (keep reading ...) 

I started to read the article and it goes on to say,

"The Mozilla Foundation has fixed several security flaws in its Firefox browser, but has left people in the dark about what some of the issues entail"

Then article goes on to say how Firefox is gaining momentum and these issues have been addressed so on and so forth.  I think the opening statement is just alarming.  Knowledge is power people, and if Firefox will not help me understand where I am vulenerable how can I trust them?  I must give Microsoft credit for telling people when there are vulnerabilities, what they are and provide me with base line tools and patches to quickly address the issues. 


Comments (7)

  1. Richard says:

    If Mozilla doesn’t publicise the details of the security flaws, then it makes it harder for them to be exploited.

  2. I really dislike the religion-like superiority/minority complexes that plague the IT Profession – believing that one product is better then everything else in every single way (or that a particular product is the devil in disguise). Personally I like both Firefox and IE although I tend to use them for different purposes. I have both of them set up and I use both of them. I tend to favour the one that does a better job each time. For example I tend to always use IE for accessing exchange email server over the net while I use Firefox for general browsing (googling) because of the multitab feature.


  3. Jon says:

    If IE has such a bad reputation, it’s your own fault for letting it stagnate for so long. People’s reactions are normal once they realize how much better a browser can be.

    Instead of nit picking the other guy, come out with something better. Or better yet, drop IE altogether and contribute to Firefox. That would be the best way to earn some positive feelings.

  4. James Summerlin says:


    Microsoft tried security that way back in the late 90’s with NT and was accused of being underhanded. That was also where the "security through obscurity" term came from. Also, full disclosure is always the way to go as you are being honest with your customers.


    Please tell me your intelligence exceeds what you have shown me so far in that comment you just made.


  5. Chris Slatt says:

    The just appears to be completely wrong (surprise, surprise). There is a list of the fixed vulnerabilities right here:

  6. Chris Slatt says:

    I see now…there is a general explanation of the bug at

    but the details of how to exploit it are being kept under wraps until July 20th to allow users more time to update to a patched version.

  7. Sly W says:

    If you click on the items in the table on the left you will get a detailed explanation which some could consider the "detail" requested above.

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