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An HTML5 Exploit Can Fill Your Entire Hard Drive Quick

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March 3, 2013 11:16:29 AM

Nothing about Firefox?
March 3, 2013 11:23:46 AM

soundpingNothing about Firefox?


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The report states that Chrome 25, Safari 6 and Internet Explorer 10 were tested positive with the exploit. For 32-bit browsers like Google's Chrome, the entire browser may crash before the disk is filled. Even more, Feross claims that Firefox isn’t affected because Mozilla's browser has a smarter implantation of "localStorage".
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March 3, 2013 12:11:21 PM

Yes. I knew I liked FF for a reason. How odd that this can happen.
March 3, 2013 12:49:10 PM

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For those who want to see their hard drive load up with data through a web browser, check out FillDisk.com.

I'm actually gonna try this just for the hell of it. :lol: 
March 3, 2013 1:20:16 PM

Make sure you have your sound on.
March 3, 2013 1:29:07 PM

I use a Macbook Pro and Safari advanced preferences allows you to set the amount of database storage from 0 on up. It also allows you turn of and on other aspects of the web by selecting show develop under advanced preferences.
March 3, 2013 2:09:24 PM

susyque747I use a Macbook Pro and Safari advanced preferences allows you to set the amount of database storage from 0 on up. It also allows you turn of and on other aspects of the web by selecting show develop under advanced preferences.


golfclap
March 3, 2013 3:09:55 PM

susyque747I use a Macbook Pro and Safari advanced preferences allows you to set the amount of database storage from 0 on up. It also allows you turn of and on other aspects of the web by selecting show develop under advanced preferences.
I used to think you were just a troll, but my opinion of you has actually worsened. Epic reading comprehension fail.

Why don't you go to the guy's exploit demo site, filldisk.com, and check it out?
March 3, 2013 3:43:02 PM

disable local storage....problem fixed
March 3, 2013 5:42:41 PM

"Feross is calling on web surfers to submit a bug report to Google, Apple and Microsoft so that a fix will be released in the immediate future."

If any one of them chose not to fix this ASAP, without me having to go tell them, then the other two with drive them out of business. What the heck let one of them go out of business, I don't care, the field is too crowed anyway. I say let's not tell them and they will wonder what we are all snickering at and the joke will be on them. What a hoot!
/sarcasm
March 3, 2013 6:08:21 PM

Chrome 25 crashed after about 700MB of uncompressed madness.
Cool how with NTFS compression, the files are automatically compressed to a 7:1 ratio or so (700MB uncompressed, 100MB compressed).
So obviously the main concern is the browser crashing than hard drive space.
March 3, 2013 6:18:54 PM

Misleading title. As stated in the article, a number of browsers didn't implement the specs correctly; nothing wrong with HTML 5 (regarding this, at least).
March 3, 2013 6:51:29 PM

The silver lining to this could be that the exploit is a free drive scrubber for those looking to overwrite all sectors on a hard drive.
March 3, 2013 7:12:16 PM

Using opera, I'm not affected. (Just checked)
March 3, 2013 7:12:23 PM

Too bad Opera has already announced they'll switch to WebKit... =/
March 3, 2013 7:13:06 PM

kartuToo bad Opera has already announced they'll switch to WebKit... =/

Got a link? I'd like to read that.
March 3, 2013 7:39:30 PM

I tried the site, it wasn't working in IE10, but it does work in any Chromium-based browser.
March 3, 2013 9:02:55 PM

"You're using Firefox, so you're safe. This demo won't work for you. Try Chrome, Safari, or IE." Thou shalt not pass but.....I wanted to play in the litter box with all the other cats!!
March 4, 2013 12:55:06 AM

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he was able to full up 1 GB of HDD space every 16 seconds


Lucky bastard, even if I tried it would take an hour or so to fill 1 Gb from the net.

Edit: Scratch that. I tried it and watched the space fill quite rapidly. Apparently Chrome is so poorly programed it fills the 5 megs with data even if a lot less is actually stored.

Morons
March 4, 2013 4:47:04 PM

anxiousinfusionThe silver lining to this could be that the exploit is a free drive scrubber for those looking to overwrite all sectors on a hard drive.


This.
March 8, 2013 9:45:56 AM

This doesn't seem to work in Incognito mode, has anyone tried?
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