Saturday, 17 December 2011

NSS Labs claims Chrome-Firefox security report to be bogus.

Aweek back, we covered a news about a report by Accuvant, according to which Chrome was the most secure browser, ahead of Internet Explorer and Firefox. NSS Labs, another security researching and testing firm has put out a report that states that the Accuvant report was paid for by Google and the tests were completed back in July 2011. The report comes out soon after Google’s contract with Mozilla for the search bar in Firefox expired in November. NSS says that the report was biased because there is a possibility that Google influenced the kind of tests that were used to test the three products - Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Tests for features in Firefox were not highlighted - frame poisoning is one such example stated.

NSS Labs monitored an 11-day period, starting from the 22nd of November and went on till the 2nd of December. It noticed that there was an increase in protection against malware from 8 percent to 40 percent. Firefox and Safari saw a drop of 2 percent, in comparison during the same period. NSS Labs has made it clear that their testing and research, which is in progress is independent. There were some key points that NSS Labs emphasised on - the number of updates brought out, means there are issues with the browser. The malware lists and samples were from the public domain and are not the ideal ones to use.

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