Firefox flaws account for 44% of all browser bugs
Apple's Safari takes second, with 35%, IE in third with 15%, says vulnerability tally
By Gregg Keizer
November 9, 2009 04:13 PM ET
Computerworld - Firefox accounted for almost half of all browser vulnerabilities in the first six months of 2009, a Web security company claimed today.
According to California-based Cenzic, Mozilla's browser had the largest percentage of Web vulnerabilities over the six-month span, while Apple's Safari had the dubious distinction of coming in second. Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) was third, while Opera Software's flagship browser took fourth place.
The Cenzic report can be downloaded from the company's site (download PDF
"It's not rocket science," said Lars Ewe, Cenzic's chief technology officer, referring to the browser bug counting. "We used several databases, including the CVE (common vulnerabilities and exposures) database to count the number of known vulnerabilities."
Firefox accounted for 44% of all browser bugs reported in the first half of the year, said Ewe, while Safari vulnerabilities came to 35% of the total. IE, meanwhile, accounted for 15%, while 6% of all the flaws were in Opera.