Symantec sees browser security bugs climb, Safari bugs double

“Hackers are hitting paydirt in their search for browser bugs,” Robert McMillan reports for Macworld UK.

“According to Symantec’s twice-yearly Internet Security Threat Report, hackers found 47 bugs in Mozilla’s open-source browsers and 38 bugs in Internet Explorer (IE) during the first six months of this year. That’s up significantly from the 17 Mozilla and 25 IE bugs found in the previous six months,” McMillan reports.

“Even Apple’s Safari browser saw its bugs double, jumping from six in the last half of 2005 to 12 in the first half of 2006. Opera was the only browser tracked by Symantec that saw the number of vulnerabilities decline. Opera bugs dropped from nine to seven during the period,” McMillan reports. “While Internet Explorer remained the most popular choice of attackers, no one is invulnerable. According to the report, 31 per cent of attacks during the period targeted more than one browser, and 20 per cent targeted Firefox.”

Full article here.


  1. I have a bag of “premium” beef jerky in my pantry. Right next to the “most popular”.

    However, since most people don’t appreciate the superiority of the premium brand, the bugs walk right past it, to the most popular brand (which, incidentally, next to 2 other brands of jerky that mostly only “scientific” types eat, is the only other brand on the market).

    Unfortunately, it tastes like shit, but for some reason people eat it without question.
    The bugs all eat their beef jerky, and still, they try to poke fun at my brand.


  2. While Safari can have bugs, which are usually closed by updates that, while they may not quick enough to suit some of us, they do not affect the OSX operating system.

    That is in contrast the “other” operating system, Windows, I believe they call it, where Internet Explorer can repeatedly allow hackers to mess with the operating system.

    One would think Symantec would be aware of that and make it clear.

    Yeah, right.

  3. Surely it’s the severity of the bug that matters? If IE had 2000 irrelevant bugs and Safari had 1 major security flaw, which would be worse? Not that I’m suggesting that is the case, but the point is, bug numbers in themselves are an irrelevant statistic.

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