Speaking at PC Forum, Mitchell Baker of the Mozilla Foundation proclaimed that Firefox will always have less security vulnerabilities than Internet Explorer, even as its popularity grows. But he didn’t stop there! Baker went on to say:
“There is this idea that market share alone will make you have more vulnerabilities. It is not relational at all.”
No? I guess we’ll find out when Firefox has more than the 5% market share it has now. I am willing to bet the number of vulnerabilities will increase. Furthermore, Firefox will experience new security breaches at a faster rate than Internet Explorer ever did. Why? Because it’s open source. A hacker has to play with IE a bit, use some trial and error, to get the desired result. With Firefox, anyone can look at the code. As soon as Mozilla patches something, a hacker (for lack of a better name) can go and look at the code for the patch to see if it was in fact implemented correctly.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Firefox. It has been my default browser on all computers for a long time now. It’s just that I don’t agree with the “invincibility” some open source pundits think they have. Sooner or later it’ll all come crashing down.
Read: CNET News.com