Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Let the Browser Games Being: Firefox 2.0 Out This Week

According to an article written by Brian Krebs (yeah, you know him, we all know him) FF 2.0 is out. In addition to tons of small fixes, there's some new functionality ... some of which sounds a bit similar to IE 7 actually.

For starters, they moved the X to close a tab to the tab itself, like IE 7 does. They also include "anti-phishing" technology. Krebs notes that it will be interesting to see how the technologies compare, and I agree. I think the most interesting aspect, however, will be to see HOW they deal with phishing. Many have contented in the past (including myself) that phishing is a social attack that simply can't be stopped with technology. I think that given the state of the industry's general knowledge at that time it was a fairly accurate statement. As people learn more and analyse more, however, solutions begin to appear. Google "Rsnake phishing" for some good threads on the subject.

Sorry I couldn't put more analysis in here, but I'm a pretty busy guy and way too interuppt-driven :(

Kreb's article: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/cgi-bin/mt/mtb.cgi/12611

RSnake on Phishing: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLJ,GGLJ:2006-42,GGLJ:en&q=rsnake+phishing

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