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Symantec adjusts browser bug count

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A new report issued Tuesday by Symantec seeks to satisfy users of both Mozilla's Firefox browser and Microsoft's IE.

In its latest Internet Security Threat Report, covering the last six months of 2005, the company now features two different ways of counting browser bugs: one that finds IE has the most vulnerabilities, and a second that reports Firefox as the bug-leader.

Firefox had the highest number of "vendor-confirmed" vulnerabilities, with 13 bugs reported during the six months covered by the report, compared to IE's 12, said Dave Cole, a director with Symantec Security Response.

However, the latest report also includes a count of bugs found by security researchers that have not been confirmed by Microsoft or the Mozilla Foundation, which owns Mozilla. By that count, IE had the most security issues: 24, compared to Firefox's 17.

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