Securosis did a little writeup on how Google’s switching to Chrome as a secure alternative to anything else is rather short-sighted following an interview with Eric Schmidt. I think some people think I’m just speculating when I talk about how browsers tend to make the same mistakes over and over again without learning the lessons of their predecessors. No, that’s not idle speculation. Eric Schmidt said that they want to be held accountable for how much more secure their website and web technologies are. Alright… if you say so, Eric.
Reaching into my grab bag of Chrome issues, let me pull out the oldest lamest one I can just as a proof of concept:
There is a long ago patched bug that was used by phishers many years back that allowed them to create targeted phishing links that could fool the eye. By putting the name of the site in question in the basic authentication field, they could make people think they were clicking on something they weren’t. Mind you, this has been patched for years in Firefox. Chrome? Not so much. The following was tested in Chrome on Vista.
The reason why modern “new” browsers aren’t as good for security is precisely because of two reasons 1) they haven’t figured their security model out completely and 2) they don’t go back and read about all the same hard learned lessons of their kin and build in those lessons learned. Basing your entire security model on an unproven browser that JUST had a dozen holes uncovered a few days ago is foolhardy at best. So, yes, Eric - I’m sorry to say, you are building your new security posture on a house of cards, and everyone who uses Google, Chinese dissidents or otherwise, is at the mercy of that decision.