Google Funded Browser Research Claims Chrome is Most Secure, Firefox is Least!
By on December 10th, 2011

Google has recently funded a research, which identified Chrome as the most secure web browser and Firefox the least. The reputed security firm Accuvant, which counts Charlie Miller as one of its Research Consultants, carried out the research.  Charles Miller was the first to find vulnerabilities in the iPhone and Android G1. He has also been winning the  CanSecWest Pwn2Own for the last four years. That makes him quite the guy for this kind of a research.

firefox-logoThis research puts Google Chrome at the top, which has stayed unbeaten at Pwn2Own. Google funded this research knowing it will emerge at the top. Then, what was the real objective of this research? Of course, it was not about re-establishing facts. This research was aimed straight at Firefox.

Firefox has been the browser of choice for a majority of people. When Google Chrome started out, Firefox had a decisive user share. However, now, that Google Chrome is rising and has overtaken Firefox, Firefox is no more than a threat to Google Chrome. The only reason for conducting this research was to try to get people off the Firefox bandwagon. With most of the Internet using Google Chrome, Google would have a decisive control over the way people use the Internet.

The browser-security  comparison results  are available at this page with the following description:

The Accuvant LABS research team completed an extensive security evaluation of the three most widely used browsers Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer to determine which browser best secures against attackers. The team used a completely different and more extensive methodology than previous, similar studies. They compared browsers from a layered perspective, taking into account security architecture and anti-exploitation techniques.

Accuvant has also pointed out areas where Firefox can improve its code base. Mozilla’s Director of Engineering Jonathan  Nightingale  has  responded to the research  saying,

Firefox includes a broad array of technologies to eliminate or reduce security threats, from platform level features like address space randomization to internal systems like our layout frame poisoning system. Sandboxing is a useful addition to that toolbox that we are investigating, but no technology is a silver bullet. We invest in security throughout the development process with internal and external code reviews, constant testing and analysis of running code, and rapid response to security issues when they emerge. We’re proud of our reputation on security, and it remains a central priority for Firefox.

Tags: , ,
Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

Chinmoy Kanjilal has written and can be contacted at chinmoy@techie-buzz.com.
  • http://www.baretech.wordpress.com nurek

    I think we deserve sth new, these browsers look and work the same for lots of years now, any1 plannign sth new? http://baretech.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/if-i-were-a-developer-i-would-make-a-browser-which/

  • http://www.google.com swill

    I’m not doubt one day chrome will be the second IE, not only occupy the most of browser market, but also control the way of users using Internet. Then a second chrome will stand up.Isn’t it ironic?
    I hope all the browsers keep the current state, no matter the big one as chrome firefox or the small ones as Avant browser or maxthon.I like the colourful world ,not the humdrum one.

    • http://www.techarraz.com Chinmoy Kanjilal

      Browser market is all about having the competitive edge. Competition, true. It is for everyone. To have that edge, you have to have a control over what people use online, and then provide them with the best experience of just that, using your own browser. Google is doing it right. But, as you said, if Google starts acting like a monopoly with Chrome, it will be a huge turn-off.

 
Copyright 2006-2012 Techie Buzz. All Rights Reserved. Our content may not be reproduced on other websites. Content Delivery by MaxCDN