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  • 1) Firefox and Mozilla have always had the attention of their developers and some of the security tech people. Black hats may only just starting to notice or care about it but that doesn't concern me.

    2) Given a choice would you rather have to admin 100's of peoples desktops and having to patch their O/S regularly just to keep on top of frequent critical flaws in their browser or upgrade only the browser and less often

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • Point 2 is a bit of a straw man. The OS will need updates anyway, as will all the applications in use. I would imagine one of the reasons for not using firefox is that it's more maintenance hassle as opposed to simply having everything come through windows update.


      • It is a lot easier to test updates to parts of a system individually. I would expect any outfit with significant IT support to be very careful about updates to O/S.

        Patching windows is known to be something you shouldn't do blindly as it can break key business applications. Also the patches often interfere with unexpected and unexplained parts of the system and behaviour.

        It is a lot better to be able to apply a patch to just the browser, particularly if you have different versions of the O/S running. In fact if you are running older versions of windows such as 2000 (which is likely) then you won't even get patches to fix IE.

        Also most, even dangerous, vulnerabilities in microsoft products have fixes shipped once a month, rather than as soon as they are discovered as is the case with firefox, etc.

        You can't just say, 'oh well as this other stuff needs patching too', not if you care about you systems running reliably and without large ammounts of downtime.


        @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
        print reverse @JAPH;