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  • Is Flash a Security Issue?

    July 18, 2015 by Bob Johnson
  • According to Facebook's Chief Security Officer called for its demise the other day.

    "It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day," he said. "Even if 18 months from now, one set date is the only way to disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem at once."

    Then, Mozilla blocked all versions of Flash in Firefox after security researchers discovered vulnerabilities that affect various operating systems, that hadn't been patched.

    Yes, this was temporary. Adobe issued an update on Tuesday about a resolution for the vulnerabilities. Here's the company's statement in full:

    A few days ago we were notified of two vulnerabilities within the Flash Player that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of an affected system. Upon investigation, we confirmed and fixed the issues, and took steps to ensure that this class of attack cannot be used as a future attack vector.

    We released an update to Flash Player this morning, and are proactively pushing the update out to users. We are also working with browser vendors to distribute the updated player.

    We would like to thank Dhanesh Kizhakkinan of FireEye and Peter Pi of TrendMicro and slipstream/RoL for reporting the issues and working with us to help us quickly address them.

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