Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Microsoft rates WebGL as 'harmful'

By Stephen Shankland

Microsoft has labelled the emerging 3D web graphics standard WebGL as "harmful", as a security firm raised new concerns about the technology.
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Microsoft has labelled WebGL, which helps render 3D graphics (above), as "harmful". Image credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET News

"We believe that WebGL will likely become an ongoing source of hard-to-fix vulnerabilities," Microsoft said on Thursday in a security blog post flatly titled WebGL Considered Harmful. "In its current form, WebGL is not a technology Microsoft can endorse from a security perspective."

WebGL was created initially at Mozilla, standardised by the Khronos Group, and supported by Google. It is built into Chrome and Firefox right now, giving those browsers a way to display hardware-accelerated 3D graphics useful for games and other visually rich tasks. However, on Thursday Context Information Security, which issued a WebGL warning in May, issued another caution about the standard.

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