Adobe Flash hit with new ‘critical’ zero-day attack; iOS users unaffected

“Adobe has published another security advisory after the discovery of a ‘critical vulnerability’ in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions across all major platforms including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Android mobile devices,” Electronista reports.

“According to Adobe, the Zero-Day exploit is being deployed in the wild in ‘targeted attacks’ through a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel file delivered as an email attachment,” Electronista reports. “Adobe reports that it is ‘finalizing a fix for the issue,’ but does not expect to have the hole patched until the ‘week of March 21.'”

Electronista reports, “Adobe explains that the exploit can cause a system crash followed by the attacker taking control of compromised systems remotely. In the meantime, users should exercise extreme caution when receiving emails with any type of Flash file embedded within it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What is this antiquated, walking dead, insecure, Mossberg-fetishized “Adobe Flash” of which Electronista speaks?

(Mac users, use care with any emails containing embedded Adobe Flash files.)

MacDailyNews Note: Note to advertisers: Your Flash-based ads are no longer reaching the most well-heeled customers online: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. If you care about reaching people with discretionary income, you might want to consider dumping your flash-based ads and moving to a more open format that people with money and the will to spend it can actually see.


  1. iOS unaffected, what about OS X?

    That’s why I do not have Flash installed at all on one Mac and use ClickToFlash on the other.

    But there are many Mac users (Windows refugees) who won’t know better and assume you just have to have Flash.

    1. And many employers block flash because it is a ridiculous bandwidth hog. Advertisers need to understand the ever-decreasing iBall share Flash brings.

      Time to move on to greener pastures.

        1. Your client blocks Flash because they do not want their employees playing during the day. It has nothing to do with bandwidth. If you believe it’s bandwidth, your client needs to get a different consultant.

          1. Animated/interactive Flash ads are typically larger than regular banner ads so, yeah, bandwidth hog.

            If you don’t think it’s true then you need to learn what bytes are.

            1. I thought you were my boyfriend? While I was getting tired of you, at least I was loyal. Face it, you aren’t the best looking person on the planet and your personality is pretty void of anything interesting. I mean…who doesn’t want a little animation in their life?

          2. Either you are trolling or you really have no idea of how Flash works.

            Go enjoy those dancing girl ads promising you a lower mortgage rate. Helluva reason not to buy an iPad.

  2. Ever since I switched to the iPad, I really miss my Flash. But sometimes, enough is enough. I was tired of all the shennanigans and all the running around was just killing my battery life. I wonder what Green Hornet is doing?

  3. ClickToFlash…it’s a beautiful thing. I like the gradient gray boxes instead of the garish, flashing ads for penis enlargement. I get to choose whether I want to run a Flash file on my Mac. And exploits can’t run without my permission.

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