Microsoft IE Security Report Draws Mozilla Rebuttal

Microsoft has issued a report on Internet Explorer in which it pats itself on the back for having fewer vulnerabilities in its browser than are in the No. 1 competitor, Mozilla's Firefox—a stance that the Mozilla Foundation finds, to put it diplomatically, puzzling."Just because dentists fix more teeth in America doesn't mean our teeth are […]

Microsoft has issued a report on Internet Explorer in which it pats itself on the back for having fewer vulnerabilities in its browser than are in the No. 1 competitor, Mozilla's Firefox—a stance that the Mozilla Foundation finds, to put it diplomatically, puzzling.

"Just because dentists fix more teeth in America doesn't mean our teeth are worse than in Africa," Mike Shaver, chief evangelist for Mozilla, said in an interview with eWEEK. Indeed, Shaver said, the biggest thing that Microsoft got wrong is that the study equates bugs being fixed in a browser with that browser being less secure.

"It's something you'd expect from maybe an undergrad," he said. "It's very disappointing to see somebody in a senior security position come out and say that because an organization is more transparent about their bugs and fixing them, they're somehow less secure."

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