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News: Microsoft says Silverlight not vulnerable to most common exploits

Category: Software, Bugs / Virus
Posted: 06:14PM

ComputerWorld - Silverlight, Microsoft Corp.’s upcoming Web media software, may be several months from its official release, but experts have already reached a consensus -- albeit a weak one -- about how secure it will prove to be. That consensus favors Microsoft's argument that the software won't be easily exploitable by hackers. Microsoft says that Silverlight, a browser plug-in that works with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari, has key attributes that should prevent Silverlight from such exploits. But they warn that current attack trends could reveal Silverlight's vulnerabilities, if any, sooner rather than later. Hackers are moving away from the operating system layer and towards attacking Web-based applications. In addition, the long-standing tendency for attackers to target Microsoft products will test the software severely.

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