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Security a Concern as HTML5 Advances

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | about 4 years ago

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Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Every technology innovation has its coming out party, and Google Inc.'s recent "dancing balls" logo experiment was widely interpreted as a high-impact debut for the next version of HTML, dubbed HTML5. But web security experts are warning that the sprawling new Web standard may favor functionality over security, enabling a new generation of powerful Web based attacks.

Web security experts agree that there are security enhancements in HTML5, but all expressed the same concern: that the new specification will greatly increase the "attack surface" of HTML — providing more avenues by which malicious code can be delivered through the Web.

"HTML5 has an enormous amount of functionality. The (specification) is just huge," said Jeremiah Grossman of Web security firm WhiteHat. The breadth of the new specification gives him concern. "I know that we're still finding vulnerabilities in HTML4," Grossman said."

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