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Source: eWeek (Europe)

Nearly twice as many security vulnerabilities were found in the Firefox browser compared to IE and Apple Safari combined, according to new research.

Firefox had 115 security vulnerabilities reported in 2008, according to browser vulnerability research released by Secunia late last week.

However, the news is not all bad, as the same report showed that Mozilla was much quicker to respond than Microsoft when flaws were publicly disclosed either prior to or without vendor notification.

Three Firefox vulnerabilities were publicised last year under those conditions. All three were patched, with the longest patch taking 86 days to arrive, according to Secunia. For IE, however, only three of the six such vulnerabilities were patched as of 31 December. One of the IE vulnerabilities remained open for 294 days in 2008, according to the report.


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