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NewsScientific computing’s future: Can any coding language top a 1950s behemoth? PinmemberKent Sharkey8-May-14 9:57 
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NewsHow the 'One Microsoft' mission is changing Microsoft Research PinmemberKent Sharkey8-May-14 9:32 
News“Learn to code?” Meh. “Build something?” Now we’re talking, says Hopscotch’s Jocelyn Leavitt PinmemberKent Sharkey8-May-14 9:29 
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NewsFlash and Java still as vulnerable as ever, says Microsoft PinmemberKent Sharkey8-May-14 9:11 
GeneralRe: Flash and Java still as vulnerable as ever, says Microsoft PinmemberDan Neely8-May-14 9:50 
Fortunately most people don't need java enabled in the browser. Much better than the situation a few years ago when flash was target #1 and avoiding flash on the web was extremely painful.
 
Edit: Page 21/22 (aka 13/14) in the MS PDF report has the exploit breakdown by type charts. For 2013, by vulnerabilities targeted it's ~73% java, 18% IE, and 9% flash. The breakdown by exploit used in observed attacks is even worse for Whoracle, with Java exploits growing from 60% of the total in Jan 2012 to >90% by mid year (All values are eyeball estimates.)
 
Interestingly the other major type of exploit seen in use in 2013 was adobe reader which wasn't listed in the other chart for 2013. I'm guessing that means the first chart is counting vulnerabilities by year of discovery and that the exploits targeted at reader last year used vulnerabilities found in 2012 or earlier. The combination of people getting around to updating their copies of acrobat and/or their browser using pdf.js to show pdfs probably also contributed to it withering as an employed exploit.
 
Longer term I'm curious how long Java will remain the exploit target king. It's not something that 99% of users need installed in their browser; as people gradually remove it or have it removed for them (when they talk us into fixing their computer) its attractiveness as a target for attack should go down.
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