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HTML5 Ads Aren't That Safe Compared To Flash, Experts Say
SOFTPEDIAŽ ^ | Jun 23, 2016 21:05 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu

Posted on 06/23/2016 10:08:42 PM PDT by Utilizer

A study from GeoEdge, an ad scanning vendor, reveals that Flash has been wrongly accused as the root cause of today's malvertising campaigns, but in reality, switching to HTML5 ads won't safeguard users from attacks because the vulnerabilities are in the ad platforms and advertising standards themselves.

The evidence exists to proclaim Flash as one of today's most vulnerable and insecure software applications. Targeted in cyber-espionage and malvertising campaigns, Flash has gotten a bad reputation, and for a good reason. HTML5 ads are replacing Flash ads in the industry

Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in Flash almost every month, and for many years, Adobe has been slow to patch them. Things changed recently after browser vendors threatened to have the plugin disabled for most of their users.

But Adobe's new approach to Flash security issues came a little too late, as the community had already worked for years at adding the appropriate features to HTML5 and other standards in order to replace Adobe's piece of junk.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.softpedia.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: adobe; adware; flash; security
Have we been wrong all this time and succumbed to some overblown hype from the beginning?
1 posted on 06/23/2016 10:08:42 PM PDT by Utilizer
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To: Utilizer

Advertising itself is inherently malware. If I can’t view a site without ads, I don’t visit that site.

Which, in combination with Javascript blocking, is how I get away with not running an anti-virus (to kill my machine resources) and still never get any malware.


2 posted on 06/23/2016 10:14:07 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Wisdom is doing due diligence before forming an opinion)
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To: thoughtomator

I think that used to be true with old versions of Internet security suites, but as a current subscriber of Norton Internet Security, the current version I use is very effective and uses very little system resources.


3 posted on 06/23/2016 10:18:35 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's Economic Cure)
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To: Utilizer
The linked article is based on this interesting publication (it's really an ad) by Geoedge:

http://www.geoedge.com/downloads/documents/Security_Aspects_of_HTML5_in_Video_Ads.pdf?ge_campaign=html5_video

From the Geoedge link:

Security:
Flash vulnerabilities allow for malicious software to install on a user’s computer silently. Currently, HTML5 has no vulnerability that would allow malicious software to install on a user’s computer silently. HTML5 alerts the user whenever an install attempt is made.
It sounds like Javascript in HTML5 can be exploited, but overall HTML5 is still safer than Flash.

Also, DON'T CLICK ON POPUPS!

4 posted on 06/23/2016 11:56:19 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Utilizer

Ads should just be static.... like in the newspapers. And not suck away valuable resources.


5 posted on 06/24/2016 4:08:32 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: TChad

What about pop-overs and unders? Those are all I have problems with.


6 posted on 06/24/2016 4:42:45 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Utilizer

95% of Internet traffic and time is ads.


7 posted on 06/24/2016 7:58:31 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam should be banned and treated as a criminal enterprise!)
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To: Swordmaker; dayglored; ShadowAce

Ping.


8 posted on 06/25/2016 5:44:37 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ('Liberalism' is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: CodeToad

> 95% of Internet traffic and time is ads.

I think you’re forgetting pr0n and pirated video over BitTorrent :-)


9 posted on 06/25/2016 10:48:32 AM PDT by dayglored ("Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.")
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