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Firefox buffer overflow and full disclosure

Firefox buffer overflow and full disclosure

Posted Sep 17, 2005 21:29 UTC (Sat) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
In reply to: Firefox buffer overflow and full disclosure by cventers
Parent article: Firefox buffer overflow and full disclosure

Arguing online never accomplishes much... But, it's sometimes fun... ;-)

As for other browsers besides IE and FF, I don't know... But, so few people
actually use any of the others that it's nearly irrelevent to the topic at
hand, since at the end of the day 99% of the people are going to be using
either IE or FF... It's like saying compared to OpenBSD, both Linux and
Windoze are horribly insecure... While perhaps true, it's not entirely
relevent if you want to talk about OS's which most people actually USE...
(Oh, no, I just know I've offended some BSD person with that, and am going
to get flamed... ;-) I honestly don't mean anything bad by it... I have
nothing but respect for the OpenBSD team; but, I'm not likely to ever run
their OS, I'm afraid... Nor are the vast majority of others... That's not
their fault, nor does it lessen their accomplishments, but it IS just the
way things are, like it or not...)

Now, maybe you could argue that other browsers are more deserving of the
wide-spread popularity that FF is enjoying... Yeah, maybe so; I don't
know... But, if they were, don't you think more people might start poking
at them, and possibly turn up many more security problems with them, as
well? The FF holes didn't start popping up until it started becoming
popular and wide-spread enough for people to start caring... I know, the
old lame chestnut about "Product X is only attacked because it's the most
popular, and if product Y were that popular, it would appear just as
buggy!" is often used to justify MS's insecurities, but there IS a grain
of truth to the statement... It certainly isn't the whole truth by any
means, but it's not entirely BS, either... If a product is so obscure as
to be off everyone's radar, then it makes sense that fewer people will be
even looking for problems in it... *shrug*

But, anyway... Like you say, I think we've pretty much said as much as we
can on the subject, at this point...


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