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Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,835 points)

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 (19,095 points)

    Why are you asking this in the iPad forum?

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,860 points)

    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.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,835 points)

    paulcb wrote:

     

    Why are you asking this in the iPad forum?

    Because this is where all the HTML5 fans spend their time.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,835 points)

    Julian Wright wrote:

     

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

    I did.  Awaiting response.

     

     

    Julian Wright wrote:

     

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

    Mine is configured for "None."

     

     

    Julian Wright wrote:

     

    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.

    The website developer couldn't Shanghai my computer with Flash.  HTML5 made it possible.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,860 points)
    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?

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,835 points)

    Julian Wright wrote:

     

    "can be"

     

    "potentially allow"

     

    "vulnerable"

    I've been connected to the 'net 24/7 since before Flash was developed by Macromedia and have never had an issue.  Now, I'm going through... well, you know that the word will be censored.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,860 points)

    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.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,835 points)

    Sure but look at my total lack of success with HTML5!

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (46,845 points)

    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 (34,860 points)

    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 (34,860 points)

    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 (46,845 points)

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

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,860 points)

     

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (28,240 points)

    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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