Internet Explorer is possibly the most popular target for vulnerabilities around today. In 2014 alone, a total of 243 memory corruption vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer were disclosed and patched.
Every Microsoft Patch Tuesday cycle contains one bulletin that covers multiple IE vulnerabilities – the monthly “Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer”, as it is called by Microsoft. There have been many zero-day attacks that specifically targeted vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, such as:
As a result, the reputation of Internet Explorer is a bit tarnished. Its reputation for lack of security has become an obstacle to its development. For Windows 10, Microsoft decided to release a “new” browser (Microsoft Edge), with improved security as an important feature.
Security Improvements in Microsoft Edge
Edge is not entirely all-new
. Its HTML rendering engine is a forked version of Trident (the engine found in Internet Explorer), which is now called Microsoft Edge HTML. However, much of the underlying code has been modified to remove IE-specific technologies that will not be a part of Edge. In addition, several new features have been introduced to the browser as well.