We’ve talked at length about Chrome being the “unhackable” browser, about its speed and we’ve lauded our use of it here at TNW. However, a new report from security vendor Bit9 might just make us take pause.
The report, detailed via NetworkWorld, shows Chrome topping its annual list of vulnerable apps with a total of 76 reported vulnerabilities. Among these, Bit9 claims to find buffer overflow and site scripting vulnerabilities which could open a host computer to attack. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that the webkit-based Safari comes in at the number two slot, with 60 vulnerabilities of its own.
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What is not discussed, interestingly, is which version of Chrome was tested by Bit9. With the rocket-fast release schedule under which Chrome operates, something that was tested only a week ago could be nearly obsolete by now. Bit9 even confirms this, stating in its release:
In most cases, vendors on the list have issued patches to repair identified vulnerabilities.
While the information is certainly enough to make you stop and think for a moment, the end result is really up to each user. At this point, even though we’re excited about the Firefox 4 release, there simply isn’t a browser on the market that can compete with Chrome from what we’ve seen. Even the newly-released Opera, with all of its flash and sparkle, fails to compare in real-world use.
Maybe it’s time for the resurgence of Internet Explorer?
As for the rest of the list? Not a lot of surprises, really:
- Microsoft Office (57)
- Adobe Reader and Acrobat (54)
- Mozilla Firefox (51)
- Sun Java Development Kit (36)
- Adobe Shockwave Player (35)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (32)
- RealNetworks RealPlayer (14)
- Apple WebKit (9)
- Adobe Flash Player (8)
- Apple QuickTime (6) and Opera (6) – TIE
Given how many exploits that we hear of when it comes to Java, unpatched installations of Microsoft Office, hacked Firefox users and Adobe Flash issues, it’s a list that you likely could have sat down and made yourself. Granted that the order might have been different, but the names are still the same.