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Dec 03, 2007, 15:15 (2 Talkback[s])

The Open Road: Microsoft FUDwatch II: Internet Explorer vs. Firefox Security

"Microsoft is at it again. Or, rather, Jeff Jones is. Jones is Microsoft's security strategy direction and is the one who periodically remixes history and data to declare that Windows is more secure than Linux. Now he's declaring [PDF] that Internet Explorer is much safer than Firefox.

"However, as ZDNet's Ryan Naraine writes, Jones may be mis-analyzing the data..."

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Mozilla Security Blog: Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft Metrics

"One of the goals of the bug counting report is to demonstrate that Microsoft fixed fewer bugs for IE than Mozilla did for Firefox. Unfortunately for Microsoft (and for anyone trying to use this report as analysis of useful metrics) he does not count all the security issues. If he were able to count them all, Microsoft could get credit for all the bugs they fixed. He counts only the public issues, because that is all Microsoft will tell us about. Microsoft is worried that if it ever says it has fixed X security issues, the world will focus on that it had X vulnerabilities in the first place, not that they are now fixed and no longer a risk for users...."

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