Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash

“Just one day after Adobe released its monthly security patches for various software including Flash Player, the company confirmed a major security vulnerability that affects all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux computers,” Zach Epstein reports for BGR.

“Adobe said it has been made aware that this vulnerability is being used by hackers to attack users, though it says the attacks are limited and targeted,” Epstein reports. “Using the exploit, an attacker can crash a target PC or even take complete control of the computer.”

Epstein reports, “And now for the fun part: The only way to effectively protect yourself against this serious security hole is to completely uninstall Flash Player from your machine.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Adobe’s Flash is the Internet’s five dollar hooker.


  1. I had previously installed ‘Clink to Flash’ extension in Safari for the few times when I needed to actually use Flash. Upon reading this, Flash is now uninstalled, for good, this is the last straw. 🖖😀⌚️

      1. It is not enough to uninstall Flash to get rid of any Flash vulnerability.

        Chrome is the best catch for now on a Mac, just get rid of the bloat that they handover under the table 😉

  2. The rare times I hit a Flash site that I want to see, I copy the URL from Safari and paste it into Chrome, which has Flash capability built-in without having to pollute my entire computer with Flash.

    Thankfully, more and more websites are wising up and abandoning Flash.

    1. Not bragging about using Chrome… actually holding my nose while doing so. It’s just a stinking means to an end. Viewing the rare Flash site is the only thing I use Chrome for. As soon as that need disappears, so will Chrome, and Google, from my life. Except for YouTube, I guess. Sure wish Apple or anyone else had bought them.

      And if there’s a better alternative for viewing Flash sites, I’m all ears…

  3. Flash is another non iOS feature (although there are third party players). When is Apple going to figure out that the OS X hand needs to know what the iOS hand is doing and vice versa. Flash is crap and if you must really use it, use a third party app or converter. Oh wait, for OS X that’ll probably cost me $79.99 for the self same $2.99 iOS app.

  4. What kind of crap programming can make such a mess of Flash? I mean they do know how to code right? So what are they drinking over there at Adobe or is it still the Macromedia offices? Maybe this is all half assery, as if they don’t get paid enough. I think two monkeys could do better.

    1. This mess all began at Macromedia, whom Adobe bought, inheriting Macromedia Flash and Shockwave. Adobe then stuffed Flash into their Adobe Integrated Runtime, aka AIR.

      My best guess is that Flash has poorly documented code, forcing Adobe to clean up the spaghetti mess one crisis at a time. They literally have NO idea how to rewrite it from scratch in order to make it safe. That ability is dead and gone with the people who wrote the mess in the first place.

      IOW: Stomp on the grave of Macromedia. Pity Adobe for inheriting and integrating the zombie. But also make it clear that Flash Must DIE! Die for realz.

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