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Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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Jun 15, 2011 4:47 AM

HTML5 is EVIL!

 

I need help blocking HTML5.  Whenever I log on to my Mac, Safari automatically opens (it's NOT configured to do so) and I the following message pops up:

 

The website “http://download.cnet.com” is requesting 1 MB of disk space to store “html5 test db” as a database on your disk.

 

I click NO and then an application that I do not want automatically downloads.

 

How do I stop the garbage HTML5 from taking control of my machine?

 

 

 

Flash never caused me problems like this.

iPod classic, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iPad-1 IOS 4.3.3
  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,675 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 7:15 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Why are you asking this in the iPad forum?

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 7:39 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Since the HTML5 database request is coming from http://download.cnet.com you should take it up with them.

     

    Database storage settings are in the Security tab of Safari's preferences.

     

    HTML5 does not "control" anything outside of the web-page you are browsing. The database is to speed up subsequent visits and is controlled by the website developer.

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:56 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)
    The website developer couldn't Shanghai my computer with Flash. 

     

    Oh dear... you might want to read up on that. Flash is known to be one of the primary ways your computer can be taken over remotely.

     

    Just a few short months ago Adobe had to fix this:

    http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa11-01.html

     

    "This vulnerability (CVE-2011-0609) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via a Flash (.swf) file ..."

     

    Your computer, along with every single other computer on the planet with Flash installed was vulnerable to being "shanghai'd" for over a week, while everyone just had to wait, finger crossed while Adobe fixed it.

     

    And they've just admitted to yet another critical vulnerability today:

     

    http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-18.html

     

    "This memory corruption vulnerability (CVE-2011-2110) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via malicious Web pages."

     

    Are you still so naive to think a website developer can't take over your computer because of Flash?

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:08 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Just because you've been lucky enough not to be affected, doesn't mean you can't and the risk isn't real or should be ignored.

     

    I've been lucky enough not to suffer a life threatening disease or be run over by a car so far, but that doesn't mean I'm stupid enough to think I never can and I shouldn't take measures to minimise such risks.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,465 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:12 AM (in response to Julian Wright)

    Philly is obviously bored and jerking peoples' chains. He's a strong advocate of Flash. He appears to be parodying some posters who he feels believe Flash is evil. Read some of the Flash threads he has participated in.

     

    I guess there are no baseball games today.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:12 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    You've been accessing HTML5 content for some considerable time on both your Mac and iPad probably without even realizing it. Suddenly you have one issue with one (badly written, third-party) website and that immediately equals a "total lack of success"?

     

    Ok...

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:14 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    I know, I know! "Don't feed the troll", etc. etc... but its a quiet afternoon here too!

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,465 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:16 AM (in response to Julian Wright)

    In that case, I will leave the two of you to have at it.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:17 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (21,650 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:18 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    This thread is just a "lack of Flash" Flame Bait in disguise as a post about HTML5 and Safari.

     

    The original problem should probably be reported as a Safari bug via feedback.

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/safari.html

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