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Firefox Whips Internet Explorer In Vulnerability Tally

Symantec has changed how it spells out Firefox and Internet Explorer browser vulnerabilities in reaction to complaints last September from Mozilla Firefox users and developers.

"How we did it before wasn't a fair comparison," said Oliver Friedrichs, the senior manager of Symantec's security response group. "It wasn't an apples to apples comparison."

Previously, Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report counted only vendor-confirmed bugs in the two browsers, which led to gripes from Firefox fans that the Internet Explorer tally was inaccurate, and too low.

In the newest report, which Symantec issued Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based security company has split the counts into two categories: vendor-confirmed and a combination of vendor- and non-vendor-confirmed flaws.

That gives the edge to IE in one tally, Firefox in the other.

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