Microsoft Says Mozilla Updates Are Dangerous

According to Microsoft, Mozilla Firefox is less secure than Internet Explorer because Mozilla patches it's security flaws.

The astonishing claim comes in a white paper from Big Evil's Director of Security Strategy, Jeff Jones, where he argues that the shorter life cycle of Mozilla browsers and quick fixes for critical issues make the browser a security risk for users. Jones believes that requiring customers to upgrade to newer, more secure versions puts them at greater risk of vulnerabilities.

Critics of the claims have been quick to point out that finding and fixing flaws — as opposed to ignoring issues until large scale exploitations arise — creates a more secure environment for users. One has to wonder if the more serious flaws are in the Firefox browser — or Microsoft's logic.

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Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.

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