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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Google has been reinventing Chrome recently, but the company has also just revealed a powerful reason you should quit and move to a rival browser. In a bold new report (via ZDNet), Google engineers have revealed that "unsafe" code within Chrome is responsible for 70% of its security vulnerabilities and 125 of the 130 "critical" bugs found in the browser over the last year.



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"The engineers specifically lay the blame on C and C++, 48 and 35-year-old programming languages respectively, which "don't come with restrictions or warnings to prevent or alert developers when they're making basic memory management errors. These early coding errors result in memory management vulnerabilities being introduced in applications."

And this is a big deal. Memory management flaws are the most highly prized vulnerability by hackers, coming first, fifth and seventh in the top 10 list of dangerous vulnerabilities by Mitre, the non-profit organization which manages the US government's database of software vulnerabilities.

But it doesn't have to be this way. While all Chromium-based browsers (Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, etc) are built on the same code and therefore subject to the same weaknesses, one alternative stands out: Firefox. Unlike Chromium browsers, Firefox is built using Rust, a safety-focused programming language which is specifically designed to be memory safe. " from the link

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-27 05:52 PM | Reply

Been using Firefox for years.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-05-28 06:19 AM | Reply

That it is spyware is not good enough?

#3 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-05-29 02:29 AM | Reply

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