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HTML5 Web bug allows data dump on PCs

HTML5 Web bug allows data dump on PCs | Internet security | Scoop.it

The loophole exploits a feature of HTML 5 which defines how websites are made and what they can do.

 

Developer Faross Aboukhadijeh found the bug and set up a demo page that fills visitors hard drives with pictures of cartoon cats.

In one demo, Mr Aboukhadijeh managed to dump one gigabyte of data every 16 seconds onto a vulnerable Macbook.

 

Most major browsers, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, were found to be vulnerable to the bug, said Mr Aboukhadijeh.

While most websites are currently built using version 4 of the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), that code is gradually being superseded by the newer version 5.

 

One big change brought in with HTML 5 lets websites store more data locally on visitors' PCs. Safeguards built into the "local storage" specification should limit how much data can be stored. Different browsers allow different limits but all allow at least 2.5 megabytes to be stored.

 

 


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One gigabyte of data every 16 seconds onto a vulnerable Macbook!!

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South Korea raises alert after hackers attack broadcasters, banks

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities were investigating a hacking attack that brought down the servers of three broadcasters and two major banks on Wednesday, and the army raised its alert level...

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Complicated situation for South Korea

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Knowing how they get onto your computer is the first step in proventing them

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FBI to Celebrity Hacking Victims -- Lock Down Your Bank Accounts

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HTML5 Web bug allows data dump on PCs

HTML5 Web bug allows data dump on PCs | Internet security | Scoop.it

The loophole exploits a feature of HTML 5 which defines how websites are made and what they can do.

 

Developer Faross Aboukhadijeh found the bug and set up a demo page that fills visitors hard drives with pictures of cartoon cats.

In one demo, Mr Aboukhadijeh managed to dump one gigabyte of data every 16 seconds onto a vulnerable Macbook.

 

Most major browsers, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, were found to be vulnerable to the bug, said Mr Aboukhadijeh.

While most websites are currently built using version 4 of the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), that code is gradually being superseded by the newer version 5.

 

One big change brought in with HTML 5 lets websites store more data locally on visitors' PCs. Safeguards built into the "local storage" specification should limit how much data can be stored. Different browsers allow different limits but all allow at least 2.5 megabytes to be stored.

 

 


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This just shows that people can find a way to do anything via hacking oand exploiting bugs 

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ITGabs's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:57 PM

One gigabyte of data every 16 seconds onto a vulnerable Macbook!!

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South Korean banks and TV networks paralyzed by massive malware attack - The Verge

South Korean banks and TV networks paralyzed by massive malware attack - The Verge | Internet security | Scoop.it
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