Secunia’s weekly mailing list includes a list of the top ten most read advisories for that week. This week it’s mostly filled with variations of the cross-platform spoofing loophole I wrote about on Wednesday, since each browser they tested gets its own advisory.

What’s interesting is that the Mozilla/Firefox advisory was read by more people than the Internet Explorer advisory.

I figure there are two explanations for this:

  1. Secunia’s audience might be mostly technical users, who are more likely to try out new programs, and therefore are more likely to be using Firefox and concerned with its vulnerability to the attack.
  2. Everyone’s used to hearing about IE vulnerabilities. A flaw in Firefox is a “man bites dog” headline. (Or perhaps, for something a bit more contemporary, “dog shoots man” [note: originally linked to CNN])

If I were betting, my money would be on #2.

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