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.

24 Comments

  1. 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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