Interprets HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the programming language used to code Web pages on the Internet, into words and graphics so that users can view the pages in their intended layout and rendering. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Netscape’s Navigator are some of the most common browsers.
At the beginning of 2005, dozens of security-related problems continued to remain unpatched in Microsoft IE, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera Web browsers. According to Secunia, a security company tracking vulnerabilities in thousands of products, some of the existing vulnerabilities were rated as moderately critical to highly critical. For example, on February 24, 2005, accepting that millions of Firefox 1.0 browsers had been downloaded since the start of the year, the Mozilla Foundation released its first security update to Firefox—a number of patches meant to stop spoofing and phishing attacks and to stop bugs that were causing the browser to crash.
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