Trouble Securing Your Web Browser?


This morning I was trawling through a variety of websites as I usually do, and I came across an article which referenced this website called Qualys, where they have a tool called BrowserCheck.  The site basically scans your web browser for vulnerabilities based on plugins which are installed.

Assuming you agree to the terms and conditions, it will install a plugin into your browser.  Restart the browser and return to the site to run a scan.  The tool will compare the versions of plugins/browser and then provide you with a list of issues.

Each issue links to the latest version (to the source) so you can manually update any components which are out of date.  I thought I was relatively up-to-date as I regularly patch, and in fact most of my plugins were either up-to-date or a few minor revisions away from the current version.

If you patch/update even semi-frequently, it might be worth running this scan over your browsers at least once in a while, to avoid those pesky attack vectors.

Note: my largest vulnerability was Foxit PDF Reader, which was a major version out of date (v3 vs. v4) which should be a testament to how well the product works.


About Rob Sanders

IT Professional and TOGAF 9 certified architect with nearly two decades of industry experience, 18 years in commercial software development and 11 years in IT consulting. Check out the "About Rob" page for more information.

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