Internet Explorer 8 — Microsoft’s latest release, currently at the Beta 2 stage — was declared to be the safest (aka more secure than Firefox 3.1 Beta and Chrome Beta) but the least popular browser, according to a browser security survey.
On Wednesday, Utest, a social-networking and software testing company, announced the results of its Bug Battle browser contest. The event included participation from 1,330 security pros, hobbyists and tech enthusiasts, who found an alarming 672 bugs in the world’s top three Web browsers.
Contest participants scavenged for bugs in IE8, Firefox 3.1 and the new Google Chrome browser, which just emerged from its beta stage.
A post-contest survey found that Internet Explorer was the only browser program not to receive a single “excellent” rating. Despite that result, IE8 was a relatively safer browser to use. Google Chrome clocked in with the most vulnerabilities (297 bugs). Open source counterpart Firefox had 207 bugs. Testers found just 169 bugs in IE8.
Apple’s Safari and Opera were not rated. At the time of the contest, IE8, Chrome and Firefox 3.1 were all still in various beta releases.
Regardless of user preference, browsers generally represent a big attack vector and security concern.
In conclusion: IE 8 is the safest and now the worst one is… Google Chrome. Right.
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