A recent study released by iViZ Security, a testing service for Web applications founded by Bikash Barai and Nilanjan De, reported that, of the major Web browsers, Chrome had the most "critical vulnerabilities" with 152. Mozilla Firefox followed with 68 "critical vulnerabilities," followed by Microsoft Internet Explorer (31) and Apple Safari (29).
The findings were part of a report titled "Security Comparison of Browsers: An Independent Report" that came as a result of in-depth analysis carried out by iViZ research labs covering all major browsers.
"Almost everybody uses browser for Web-surfing, social-networking and doing financial transactions over the Web. Perhaps that's why Web browsers are most frequently targeted by hackers," said Barai, CEO of iViZ. "There have been two reports out on a similar topic in past few months, but they were funded by different browser vendors and not surprisingly the vendor who funded the study came out on top. So at iViZ, we decided to independently check the vulnerabilities discovered in popular browsers."
Summarizing the report, Jitendra Chauhan, who headed the research, said: "The vulnerabilities discovered should not be the sole judgment criteria. There are a multiple factors like security architecture, ease of exploitation, impact of vulnerability, window of exposure and several others. [For example] Chrome has an innovative security architecture with sandboxing capability that mitigates risk of direct code execution. This report highlights some of the interesting facts about browser security."
Headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., iViZ Security provides a cloud-based penetration testing service for Web applications. Unlike scanners which lack in quality and consultants who are expensive, iViZ delivers consultant grade quality testing in a software-as-a-service based, cost-effective, subscription model, the company said.
The company has more than 300 customers.
Co-founder De, serves as iViZ chief scientific officer and director.