Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall...


...who is the secure-est browser of them all? The answer may surprise you:

A recent contest at CanSecWest, an event that brings together some of the most skilled experts in the security community, has demonstrated that the three most popular browser are susceptible to security bugs despite the vigilance and engineering prowess of their creators. Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all exploited during the Pwn2Own competition that took place at the conference. Google's Chrome browser, however, was the only one left standing—a victory that security researchers attribute to its innovative sandbox feature.

This emphasises again that the arrival of Chrome (and the free software variant Chromium) is excellent news for Firefox, because it provides it with some worthy competition. In a sense, it can play the same role for Firefox that Firefox played for Internet Explorer.

But all is not lost for Mozilla. Another participant in the Pwn2Own competition had this to say about the relative merits of Firefox:

For all the browsers on operating systems, the hardest target is Firefox on Windows. With Firefox on Mac OS X, you can do whatever you want. There’s nothing in the Mac operating system that will stop you.

Welcome to the Browser Wars 2.0.