browser security?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Thu Sep 8 11:53:46 UTC 2011

I have installed no package as of yet, but 29 answers my question smiles.
Thanks for the other answer too.

On Wed, 7 Sep 2011, Tim Chase wrote:

> On 09/07/11 17:01, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>>  what browsers come included in the latest debian distribution package?
> If you've installed the "debtags" package ("apt-get install debtags"), you 
> can use
>  debtags search --short "web::browser && use::browsing"
> to list all the packages that provide web-browsing software.  On my Debian 
> Stable, that brings up 29 packages.  There are a couple in that list that 
> aren't really browsers, but that's the fastest way I know to get a pretty 
> thorough list.
>>  The other question is if anyone can point me to something  of an article
>>  nature regarding  open-source browsers and security?
>>  I am finding that companies will know simply block access to anything but
>>  ie
>>  or if you are lucky firefox, with the claim that the browsers suggested
>>  for Ada / section 508 /  w3c type access are a security risk.
> Most of the articles I know about compare the big-name browsers (IE, 
> Chrome/Chromium, Safari/Webkit browsers, and Mozilla derivatives including 
> Firefox, Iceweasel, Iceape, Galeon, etc). I don't think I've seen any reviews 
> of security on the more obscure (whether GUI or console) browsers.  However 
> because of their rarity, there's a bit of security-by-obscurity since they're 
> such tiny attack targets.
> -tim

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