Category: Security

NSS Security Test: More Details Emerge

By | August 18, 2009 | 11 Comments

NSS Security Test: More Details EmergeHere are some more details from Ars Tecnica, which should clarify Microsoft and NSS Labs “sponsorship” deal.

In terms of sponsorship of the reports, “this stuff is expensive to do right, and we need to monetize it somehow,” Moy told Ars. “We invited Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera to participate, but they didn’t even bother to respond, except for Opera, which stated they “don’t really focus on malware.”

Also, readers have noticed that Firefox 3.5 was not included in those tests, here is a reason (as from .pdf).

We would have liked to have been able to test Firefox 3.5 which was released on June 30, 2009, and attempted to test it alongside the other browsers. However, serious instability where the browser repeatedly crashed (a widely reported issue) along with poor results prevented its inclusion for the sake of fairness.

For NSS Security Test results, see the following page.

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Opera Chief Warns on Equal Access to Windows Services

By | August 14, 2009 | 25 Comments

Opera Software: We Want Access to Windows UpdateThe Register writes:

Microsoft might be closer to a compromise with browser rival regarding Internet Explorer on Windows, but access to key online services for PCs could be the next hurdle.

Opera Software chief executive told The Reg he welcomed Microsoft’s offer last month to give European PC users a choice of browsers on Windows, but he warned of “problems” if rival browsers don’t get equal access to crucial sites that help keep users’ PCs secure and updated.

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Security: Internet Explorer is King of the Hill, According to NSS Labs

By | August 14, 2009 | 7 Comments

Security: Internet Explorer is King of the Hill, According to NSS LabsBack in March, NSS Labs has revealed shocking statistics which suggested that Internet Explorer 8 had best effectiveness results against malware.

As of today, Neowin reports that NSS Labs has yet again tested all web browsers to find out which one has best built-in protection against phishing.

Tested web browsers:

Safari 4
Chrome 2
Internet Explorer 8
Firefox 3
Opera 10 Beta Continue Reading

Phishing and Malware Protection Comes to Camino

By | August 13, 2009 | 4 Comments

Phishing and Malware Protection Comes to CaminoStarting from August 11th, nightly builds of Camino web browser now includes integrated phishing and malware protection.

The following feature is based on Google Safe Browsing service which is being used by Firefox, Chrome and Safari web browsers as well.

As for their competitors, Opera is using Netcraft, PhishTank and Haute Secure services while Internet Explorer has its own SmartScreen Filter.

Chrome 2.0.172.37 Fixes 2 Security Vulnerabilities

By | July 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

The latest Google Chrome 2 release has fixed 2 security vulnerabilities. As H Online reports: “The first vulnerability could be used by an attacker to run arbitrary code within the Google Chrome sandbox.”

Furthermore, critical memory corruption vulnerability was also fixed which could have caused browser to crash and possibly allowing attacker to run arbitrary code with the privileges of the logged in user.

For some more details, you can always visit H Online.

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Thanks to mabdul for sending this.

Weekly Browsers Recap, July 20th

By | July 20, 2009 | 1 Comment

Weekly Browsers Recap, June 20th

Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks, mabdul and Nox for links.

Mozilla to Patch Critical Firefox 3.5 Vulnerability

By | July 15, 2009 | 1 Comment

Mozilla to Patch Critical Firefox 3.5 VulnerabilitySoon enough we will see Firefox 3.5.1 release as Mozilla is working hard to fix the critical security flaw.

Meanwhile, you may temporary mitigate it by disabling JIT in the JavaScript engine, to do so:

Type about:config in the location bar
Search for javascript.options.jit.content, double click it to set it to false.

Internet Explorer 8 – Most Secure Browser, Microsoft Says

By | June 22, 2009 | 8 Comments

Interent Explorer 8 - Most Secure Browser, Microsoft Says

An analysis done by Microsoft between Google Chrome 2.0, Firefox 3.0 and Internet Explorer 8 shows that IE8 wins in 7 out of 10 categories, while 3 are draw.

So let’s analyze the categories. Continue Reading

WebKit Vulnerabilities Fixed

By | June 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

WebKit Vulnerabilities FixedThe latest Chrome version 2.0.172.31 and Safari 4.0 has fixed one of the vulnerabilities which was exploited in WebKit earlier this month.

As H Online describes: A vulnerability in WebKit can be exploited by an attacker to crash a tab or execute arbitrary code in Google Chrome due to a memory corruption issue in WebKit’s handling of recursion in certain DOM event handlers. For an attack to be successful, a victim must first visit a maliciously crafted website. The malicious code, however, will be sandboxed, limiting the damage that an attacker can do when exploiting the vulnerability.

Thanks to mabdul for sending this.

Weekly Browsers Recap, May 18th

By | May 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, May 18th