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- 02-08-2014 #11
Links is likely to be much more secure but will lack some of the features needed to access facilities on some websites.
It's also a bit worrying the number of vulnerabilities for the Linux kernel.
- 02-09-2014 #12
If you're utterly paranoid, all you need to do is have a separate user account for web browsing with locked down privileges, and set up your root filesystem using read-only mounts until you need to make changes. This'd be pretty close to IsaacKuo's suggestion of a 'dumb terminal' session, above. This is easy in Linux, but quite difficult in commercial operating systems.
Another interesting point is the count of 'LOW' risk issues against Microsoft's Windwos/IE products? Either they only fix the easy ones, or the only vulnerabilities they have a critically dangerous...Linux user #126863 - see http://linuxcounter.net/
- 02-09-2014 #13
The kernel issues will apply irrespective of the application and separate user accounts won't help.
- 02-09-2014 #14
They both use different browser engines so that will play into security holes.
I thought I read somewhere that Chrome is going to move away from Webkit as its browser engine, but no idea if going to home grown or another???
- 02-10-2014 #15
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- 02-17-2014 #16
thanks for the info
- 03-03-2014 #17
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I have worked with a government agency for almost 10 years doing network management and monitoring. When we first installed Splunk (enterprise logging solution), we ran some reports looking at the user agents captured from our BlueCoat proxy logs. It was surprising the number of browsers that we discovered in use on a network that was supposed to have standardized desktops with restrictive policies. Chrome is allowed on that network by specific version numbers. We eventually applied a policy to our proxies to restrict browser usage and force people to at least upgrade to a more secure version or new browser altogether.