Researchers have analyzed Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer, and found Chrome to be the most resilient against attacks.
The researchers assessed these barriers, and concluded that:
- Chrome is the most resilient against attacks due to a tight lockdown of components, separation of duties, and greater identifiable vendor efforts for automated vulnerability discovery.
- The security level of Internet Explorer is decreased due to a weakened sandbox (Protected Mode).
Microsoft Edge is more hardened against exploitation than Internet Explorer due to the stronger sandboxing and the absence of dangerous legacy technologies.
- Chrome supports more modern web technologies that might increase attack surface such as WebAssembly and HTML5 features.
- Reaching dangerous legacy functionality from Microsoft Edge is easier than in Chrome. For example a fallback to Internet Explorer is suggested by the Edge UI on certain websites by default.