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Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014 207

Posted by Soulskill
from the foxes-provide-the-best-sport dept.
darthcamaro writes "Though IE, Chrome and Safari were all attacked and all were exploited, no single web browser was exploited at this year's Pwn2own hacking challenge as Mozilla Firefox. A fully patched version of Firefox was exploited four different times by attackers, each revealing new zero-day vulnerabilities in the open-source web browser. When asked why Mozilla was attacked so much this year, Sid Stamm, senior engineering manager of security and privacy said, 'Pwn2Own offers very large financial incentives to researchers to expose vulnerabilities, and that may have contributed in part to the researchers' decision to wait until now to share their work and help protect Firefox users.' The Pwn2own event paid researchers $50,000 for each Firefox vulnerability. Mozilla now pays researcher only $3,000 per vulnerability."
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Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

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  • Yes. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Futurepower(R) (558542) <MJennings.USA@NOT_any_of_THISgmail.com> on Saturday March 15, 2014 @08:53PM (#46495787) Homepage
    Yes. Someone makes this comment every time, for the last 9 years, since version 1.0.

    Most people don't open a lot of windows and tabs at the same time. The people who do that are usually those doing serious research. For example, what to do about the changes in Google Voice coming in May, 2014?

    The problem is much worse when many windows and tabs are open under the Windows OS and Windows is hibernated several times.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2014 @10:36PM (#46496161)

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure you have to be a raging fucking idiot to draw a parallel between completely rebuilding a car and toggling a handful of boolean values.

  • by mark_osmd (812581) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @10:57PM (#46496229)
    I think the 'crashy' people are installing huge numbers of questionable plugins. I have good luck with Firefox but only install a few well selected plugins (noscript, better privacy, adblock, flash block, littlefox, and self destructing cookies). Because many of those plugins block crud like flash ads I get even better stability.
  • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Sunday March 16, 2014 @06:10AM (#46497409)

    "Yeah, but it's fast and it's not bloated"

    On my Mac, the Chrome app is 6 times the size of Firefox, and far slower. Just sayin'.

    I keep them updated. I don't use Chrome except when I have to because it's too slow (with NO bookmarks or plugins) versus my Firefox (with a shitload of bookmarks and lots of plugins).

    I use these things in my daily work. Or rather, I use Firefox in my daily work because Chrome and Safari are so slow. But I have to check compatibility with them so I keep them around and do use them sometimes.

    That's on my Mac. YMMV on your computer or on Windows.

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