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Re: Anybody try Netscape 7.0 yet?
I agree that IE has secirity flaws, but I don't think it's because of bad design. M$ has the best programmers that money can buy.
The real reason IE is exploited is because it's the most popular web browser. If I was going to sit down and maliciously exploit a vulnerability, it would be with a product that everyone has.
Most viruses these days are W32 based, meaning that they only affect Windows OSes. Once again, if you're Joe Scriptkiddie writing a virus for attention (which 99% are), then you're going to pick an OS or program that is the most popular, therefore creating the most havoc. People exploit UNIX systems all the time, there are bugs and vulnerabilities there, but you don't really hear about it - because it's easier to find a PC on the web that runs Windoze.
Then there is the crowd that harbors the conspiracy theory, thinking that Big Bad Billy Gates is out to terrorize the PC world.
Before a release of one of the hotfixes for Windows, I discovered a bug that would let anyone exploit administrative shares on W2K machines, all without having to write a single line of code. I didn't use it maliciously, I just used it to drop a couple dozen bogus icons on the desktops of my buddies at work. It's also easy to write a 5 line script that will give you a limited root shell on UNIX boxes.
It's a matter of personal preference as to which browser you like. I prefer simplicity, therefore I choose IE. I don't need the bells and whistles of Netscape. I like the KISS methology, less features = less stuff to break.
All in all, no program is void of vulnerabilities. Computers just execute the instructions that humans gave them.