A study carried by the researchers of security firm Accuvant found that Google Chrome is the offer’s the greatest protection against the online attacks. The result was evaluated on parameters like exploit mitigations, malicious link detection, and other safety features offered in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
The interesting aspect of the study is that it didn’t relied on the metrics like such as the number of flaws fixed or the amount of time it took to release updates, the researchers examined the practical effect protections included by default in each browser had on a wide class of exploits.
“It restricted the movements more than any other browser. Internet Explorer came up a close second because it implemented a sandbox where you could do certain things but you were allowed to do more things than you could in Chrome. Lastly, Firefox came in last because it didn’t implement a sandbox yet.” said Chris Valasek, the Senior Research Scientist for Accuvant told to The Register.
The researchers analyzed each browser’s ability to read files, write files, and perform 13 other actions. As indicated in the graphic below, Chrome blocked all but two of them. Of those, one known as “system parameters” was partially blocked. IE, meanwhile, completely blocked only two actions, and partially blocked seven more actions. Seven additional actions, including the ability to read files, access networks, and create processes, were completely unrestricted.
The study focused solely on the security offered by Chrome, IE, and Firefox, which when combined account for more than 93 percent of web users, according to the report. All three browsers tested were run on Windows 7.
Source: The Register