“Ugh, another Flash exploit?!” Susie Ochs question-exclaims for Macworld.
“BGR reported Thursday that Adobe has confirmed ‘a major security vulnerability that affects all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac, and Linux,'” Ochs reports. “Adobe says this vulnerability is being used by hackers, although for very targeted attacks — phishing, in other words. ‘Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,’ Adobe says in its security bulletin.”
“We all like to think we’re smart enough to avoid phishing scams — and I’m sure you are! And we’d like to think Adobe will get this patched soon—the company says it hopes to do that next week,” Ochs reports. “But if you really want to be safe from this flaw, and the next, and the next, and the next, there’s one foolproof step you can take: Uninstall Flash.”
How to uninstall Abode’s Flash from your Mac here.
MacDailyNews Take: Only good things can come from this.
We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. — Steve Jobs, April 29, 2010
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