back to article More fun in the sandbox: Experts praise security improvements to Edge

Security watchers have reacted positively to recently announced improvements to Microsoft's Edge browser, which had earned an unenviable reputation for easy pwnage. Redmond is reducing its exposure to malicious exploits by improving Edge's sandboxing technology. Further features have been added to existing technologies like …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dear Microsoft

    Dear Microsoft

    Due to your attempt to corral the internet into your greedy arms, we are still paying the costs of many

    websites being only possible to use on IE6,

    Many of the faults were designs decisions caused by corporate greed, rather than concern for the needs of your users

    So I don't care how good your Edge browser gets, I will still always hate you and your browser

    1. AMBxx Silver badge

      Re: Dear Microsoft

      Is it 1999 already?

  2. Kevin Johnston

    I wonder

    How much of the 'leaps and bounds' of security improvements are simply down to the very low (sub-terranean?) start point?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why is this so hard?

    Why is making a secure web browser such a hard problem, anyway? Just run 99% of the browser as an unprivileged nobody user, and use IPC to a process running as the regular user for file access (save as) and for the database (history, cache, settings) via a very narrow and well tested and debugged interface.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doesn't matter yet

    Unfortunately, IE is still required for many web sites and web connected devices (security cameras anyone?).

    It's unlikely device manufacturers are going to release HTML5 compatible firmware for a 5+ year old device. Too much shareholder value leading to no spend on older kit. Who cares if you have to buy another £1.5K camera. More sales...

    Microsoft messed up the whole WWW experience by encouraging the use of non-standard superset features. The only saviour to this has been mobile devices that are non-Microsoft. Whilst IE still shipped in Windows, then things not going to change quickly.

    1. Sandtitz Silver badge

      Re: Doesn't matter yet

      "Unfortunately, IE is still required for many web sites and web connected devices (security cameras anyone?)."

      I can tell that even today there are brand new cameras and DVRs which only support IE as the browser (with some crappy and shady plugins).

      Most network cameras support some form of JPEG, MJPEG (or better) retrieval via HTTP or RTSP. In those cases you can use VLC, iSpy and other software to view the feed.

      Of course there are plenty of old, proprietary IP cameras from an era when standards like ONVIF didn't exist. Those cameras probably are of VGA resolution at best.

  5. anothercynic Silver badge

    An 'A' missing?

    Security consultant Kevin Beaumont‏ is also upbeat about Edge. "Microsoft Edge is actually a great browser for corp use and some of the upcoming security features are killer,"

    Is there an 'A' missing perhaps? 'some of the upcoming security features are a killer'? *smirks*

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Microsoft gives own browser an Edge up on the competition.

    A browser can only be as secure as the underlying platform. When will ACG1 and CIG2 be availabe for third parties browser. Or is this yet another case of Microsoft keeping the best features undocumented to give it and Edge up on the competition.

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