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The report in the UK-based IT trade publication states: "There have now been more flaws in the Firefox browser this year than in Microsoft's Internet Explorer." It does not give a source for this statistic but it may be relying on data from a security advisory service such as Secunia. The 2005 Secunia vulnerability report for Firefox 1.x states that there have been seventeen security flaws in Firefox this year, while the 2005 Secunia vulnerability report for Internet Explorer 6.x includes only nine advisories. There are more unpatched IE vulnerabilites though, and it should be noted that not all security flaws are equally severe.
This is not the first time that more security vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla products than in Internet Explorer. In March, Symantec published its Internet Security Threat Report Volume VII (you have to supply your personal details to Symantec to download it), covering the second half of 2004. The report said: "The discovery of vulnerabilities affecting browsers appears to be on the rise, with more Mozilla vulnerabilities documented in this period than those affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer... Between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2004, Symantec documented 13 vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer. This is notably lower than the 21 vulnerabilities affecting each of the Mozilla browsers that were documented during the same period. Six vulnerabilities were reported in Opera and none in Safari." (This excerpt is included on page 3 of April's Langa Letter: The Pros And Cons Of Firefox.)