View Full Version : IE Inherently Insecure article

02-04-2010, 01:21 AM

Thought this was an interesting read, especially coming from windowsecurity.com

To me they seemed to leave out a key factor, and that is the incredible risk of zero day exploits and the security update/patch turnaround. This is where IE falls flat on its face in my book.

They seemed to hint that mozilla's frequent security updates at one point are a bad thing showing that its insecure, but to me the largest problem is getting the average user to install the updates. Chrome does this nicely by just plain updating without user interaction (but allows this feature to be disabled).

Anyone else have any thoughts?

02-04-2010, 01:50 AM
I think Mozilla's current system is pretty decent, when there is a new update, it downloads it automatically and then the next time you open Firefox it installs it. That gets around the problem of people updating it. Things get trickier in a large network environment if the average user doesn't have admin rights but that is common issue with all third party apps.

But you are right, getting people to install updates is a difficult task. That is why when Apple started abusing the iTunes software update to sneak in an install of Safari, I felt that was a step backwards for everyone.

I will admit I get behind in applying Windows updates, mostly because I hate having to reboot. Though I have noticed in Windows 7 a lot less of the updates require a reboot, which has been very nice.

02-11-2010, 07:09 PM
I agree, having users update their firefox is a major problem. Their scared of updating anything because they think it will break something. Firefox should implement during an installation if you want firefox to push out silent updates. I have chrome installed but haven't messed around with it. I think IE just plain sucks and find it annoying!

02-11-2010, 10:27 PM
I have found I have way fewer computer issues now that my kids have their own computers :) I just have to re-format their computers once or twice a year when they get too much spyware crap on there.

I use IE, FireFox and Chrome. Don't have any problems with any of them, and they're all set to update automatically. IE / Windows only occasionally reboots my computer.