It’s not a big secret, every web developer wants to have fastest and most secure web browser, which not only should have all the security issues fixed, but also it should help novice user to understand the risks and help him/her to avoid that.
Firefox 3 Alpha 7 (Pre) got one more feature which should help users to avoid fake domain names. See this picture.
It highlights domain name (well… actually makes other text light grey) so users could take a look at it and make sure it’s a correct domain name. Not really usefull, isn’t it?
That’s not all, according to Arstechnica,
FF3 Alpha 7 also incorporates a domain translator that changes an address that’s encoded in non-standard ASCII (such as a percentile-encoded address) into standard text. Again, this is a change aimed at making domain addresses easier to read by stripping out the non-standard characters a phisher might use to confuse a potential target.
There’s also an add-on for Firefox 2. Not perfect, but if you don’t want to use Firefox 3 Alpha 7 to test this one, feel free to use Locationbar2 add-on.
After yesterdays post about new Firefox security bug I’ve decided to check out, which of the worlds most popular web browsers are most secure. Thanks to Secunia for stats.
Opera 9.x – Affected By 6 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 0% (0 of 6 Secunia advisories)
Internet Explorer 7.x – Affected By 13 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 54% (7 of 13 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Moderately critical.
Safari 2.x – Affected By 6 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 67% (4 of 6 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Safari 2.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Less critical.
Firefox 2.0.x – Affected By 12 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 67% (8 of 12 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Highly critical.
I am really confused right now, but does that makes Firefox 2.0.x most insecure web browser? And according to Secunia stats, Internet Explorer 7 is right after Opera which puts it into the 2nd place?
1. Opera 9.x – Most Secure Web Browser?
2. Internet Explorer 7.x
3. Safari 2.x
4. Firefox 2.0.x – Most Insecure Web Browser?
Recently Mozilla modified their Firefox 3 roadmap and announced Firefox 3 Alpha 7 instead of Firefox 3 Beta 1.
According to Mozilla, next Firefox 3 release isn’t ready to call itself a “beta”, they want to deliver a product, which is stable and much better, it doesn’t matter if it can take more time than planned. I guess that’s good, we want finished and polished releases, not just a big peace of bugs.
Firefox 3 Alpha 7 should contain anti-malware, finished offline api’s and secure wrappers. If there won’t be any delays for Firefox 3 Alpha 7, it will be released on July 31st.
Firefox 3 Milestone 8 will be available in the middle of September.
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Secunia reported today about a new exploit for Firefox 22.214.171.124 (might affect previous builds as well).
A vulnerability has been discovered in Firefox, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system.
Do not browse untrusted sites.
Disable the “Firefox URL” URI handler.
Thor Larholm noted:
There is an input validation flaw in Internet Explorer that allows you to specify arbitrary arguments to the process responsible for handling URL protocols. This is the same type of input validation vulnerability that I discovered in the Safari 3 beta.
Today I’ve decided to write a bit, of what should web browsers developers do in order to win or not to lose market share.
This is only my opinion which can be wrong as well. It can also be offensive for some of you.
Internet Explorer – Drop that slow and poorly written Internet Explorer core and develop something good. Internet Explorer is slow, buggy; uses lots of resources, ignores web standards, renders bad, lacks of functionality, etc. It’s just a big piece of software, which sooner or later won’t be used anymore. Develop faster, why are you sleeping? All other companies are much smaller and release/announces new versions more frequency. How that’s possible? Don’t be lazy just cause you have money.
Firefox – Finally fix memory leak bug (some says it’s already a “feature”). Support web standards (glad you will do that in Firefox 3), stop stealing features from other browsers and develop something more on your own.
Opera – Stop crying, that a big part of web developers ignores you. Buy advertising in web developer communities, and just get in touch with them. Build strong relations and explain why they should develop new product not just for IE, Firefox, Safari, and Netscape but also for Opera.
Safari – Not much to say yet. Waiting for the final Safari 3 release. Yes, we know that you’ve invented an iPhone, but who cares?
Netscape, Konqueror and others – Haven’t used them. Why? Make some whispers, get more attention.
If you enjoy using social networks this might be interesting then.
Wakoopa.com is a social network for software users (more likely fans), so if you are a big fan of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Netscape or what’s so ever, feel free to join there.
I am not sure, what’s the point to join those groups, as all I read was: “I love this browser, the best of the best”, etc… But hey, that’s only my opinion.
Internet Explorer is in the 1st place.
Firefox is in the 2nd place.
Opera is in the 3rd place.
Safari remains 6th.
Recently I’ve wrote, that Opera’s Speed Dial feature was copied by Firefox fans and released as an add-on.
Today I’ve noticed one Firefox add-on (developer: Philipp E. Imhof), which do the same like Safari’s SnapBack feature.
This extension enables you to temporarily save an URL. You may then follow links and go anywhere you want and jump back to the “waypoint” immediately. This is useful e.g. for forums.
Althought I am not a fan of Firefox add-ons or Opera’s widgets, you may find this one usefull.
More details and download link can be found here.
I basically enjoy most of the steps which are being made by Mozilla company to promote Firefox. Their tactics is pretty impressive. This time they surelly will get VERY MUCH boost from eBay and their new product: Firefox eBay Edition.
It’s not just like: dear users, please spread the word… Nah, they are already getting support from one of the big guys (Google). Time for another one, right? While all other browsers expect IE (which is big enough) waiting for few percents increase, Mozilla thinks big. I can’t wait to see how much of the market share they will grab this month.
You can download it here.
Recently I’ve heard that Opera’s Speed Dial is being copied not only by Firefox users, but also by other companies and just thought, why is this function so special? When I was surfing using Opera, I always had this function turned off, as I love clean browsing.
However, yesterday I’ve decided to try it. Guess what? Now it’s one of my favorite features. I don’t have to type, let’s say first letter in the address bar in order to see the site which I want to visit, now I am just click one click away from it. So it saves some time and I love it.
If you haven’t tried Speed Dial yet (or ignored it as I did), just give it a try, you may thank me latter.
Bit deelayed but anyways. Firefox 3 Alpha 6 was released with the following new features and updates:
- Updated SQLite engine to version 3.3.17
- Improved cookie performance
- Support for site-specific preferences – text size
- A new Quit dialog box that resolves termination errors
- Added permanent ‘Restart Firefox’ button to Add-Ons Manager
- Miscellaneous fixes to download manager including correctly displaying large file sizes
- Various Places fixes
- Miscellaneous Gecko 1.9 bug fixes
Also there are few known issues for all operating systems:
- Clear Private Data does clear stored passwords from the Password Manager list. The workaround is to clear the password list from within Password Manager.
- The Cairo graphics system has drastically changed the way all text and images are rendered from previous versions of Gecko, so occasional misrenderings of non-latin scripts and fonts may occur.
- The Phishing Protection notification bubble is hidden by the content area
Issues for Windows only:
- Upscaling images can result in misrendering, causing the edges of the image to appear blurry.
Issues for Mac OS X:
- The user’s choice of a default font may not always be honored.
- Font decorations such as underline and strikethrough may be drawn incorrectly.
- Complex script (ex: Indic) may be misrendered.
Issues for Unix Systems:
- Loading any page with Chinese, Japanese or Korean text can hang the browser.
- Performance on complex script (ex: Indic) may be slower than previous versions of Gecko.
- Compatibility issues have been reported when users are not running Xorg 7.0 or better.
- Users may experience problems when attempting to print complex pages.
More details can be found here.