Responses To "Langa Letter: The Pros And Cons Of Firefox"

Responses to ''Langa Letter: The Pros And Cons Of Firefox''

InformationWeek Staff, Contributor

April 19, 2005

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Less heat would have been felt (its inevitable :p ) had the following two points been addressed:

In Firefox, it is impossible for a user of any level to misconfigure or allow ActiveX since it is not present.

Firefox isn't integrated into the shell.

On the one hand, an example of the potential for misuse of any tool by a user (by extension the native security configuration level an app ships with and how well it does in communicating the dangers of changes to the configuration); on the second, the native position of trust or potential harm an app has within the operating system. Those points are of course ranges of gray.

Since those variables weren't placed into perspective in an otherwise balanced article, they will be big points of contention.

A final point, sheer numbers of flaws within a time period isn't a de facto indicator of how secure an app is, especially when comparing both the severity of the flaw and, more importantly, the maturity of the app.

Without any hard data, just a hunch, I think more flaws being uncovered may well be a good thing in Firefox, potentially indicative of a far faster maturation.

Chuck Trout

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