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Silverlight Exploits Up, Java Exploits Down, Says Cisco 55

angry tapir writes: Attempts to exploit Silverlight soared massively in late 2014 according to research from Cisco. However, the use of Silverlight in absolute terms is still low compared to the use of Java and Flash as an attack vector, according to Cisco's 2015 Annual Security Report. The report's assessment of the 2014 threat landscape also notes that researchers observed Flash-based malware that interacted with JavaScript. The Flash/JS malware was split between two files to make it easier to evade anti-malware protection. (The full report is available online, but registration is required.)
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Silverlight Exploits Up, Java Exploits Down, Says Cisco

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  • by TrollstonButterbeans ( 2914995 ) on Wednesday January 21, 2015 @12:34AM (#48862989)
    If Windows 7 supported HTML5 video for Netflix, Silverlight would be retired.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 21, 2015 @01:03AM (#48863049)

      Chrome on can use HTML5 for Netflix now.

      • My Silverlight is uninstalled now. Thank you.
    • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

      Why wouldn't it support html5 for netflix?

      • Chrome does as of November as someone else pointed out, so problem solved. IE11 (gross) supported it only on Windows 8. Firefox appears to not support it.
        • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

          Chrome does as of November as someone else pointed out, so problem solved. IE11 (gross) supported it only on Windows 8. Firefox appears to not support it.

          Of course. This requires the EME (aka DRM) support in the browser. Netflix uses Silverlight because before then, they couldn't use a solution with DRM. Since the W3C created (with much protest) the EME spec, Chrome, Safari and IE implement it. Firefox refuses to out of pure ideology (no DRM, period!),

          EME was pushed heavily by Netflix so they could move awa

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Chrome has supported "HTML5" Netflix for many months now. Poke around in your account settings to see if you can find the "Prefer HTML5 video" checkbox.

    • by Megane ( 129182 )
      The configuration software for Harmony remotes uses Silver(b)light. I only tolerate that piece of crap because it has codes for things that I never had the remote for.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 21, 2015 @01:54AM (#48863225)

    I build a new Windows 7 VM last week.
    After the close to 750Mb of patches in the 'download and reboot' cycle, up pops Slitherlight (Like Slitherin in Harry Potter, not nice) as an optional download.
    I do not want it but even after hiding it, like a bad penny it keeps on coming back.

    Can we really try to get rid of this thing (and flash for that matter). The world has moved on and it is not needed anymore.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You hide specific KB numbers / Silverlight releases, not Silverlight as a product.
      This means that the first time you hide Silverlight, it is the latest version of Silverlight you are hiding. You will then be offered the second-to-last version (note that the KB numbers and dates change). This will continue until you have hidden every release of Silverlight. When a new version is released it will appear as new download, but you won't have to go through the whole hide-previous-updates again.

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