Adobe Confirms Major New Flash Vulnerability Affecting All Versions; Only Uninstall Protects Users

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    Can we just kill off this crappy software for good? Another major vulnerability has been found in Adobe Flash player, and confirmed by Adobe themselves. This latest problem actually affects all versions of Adobe Flash, across all Flash platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). This new exploit can cause a system crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

    Adobe shared that they hope to have a fix for the vulnerability next week. What's even more egregious about this latest Flash security problem is that the only way to 100% protect yourself is to literally uninstall Flash Player from your system. Just... stupid.

    Trend Micro were the first to find the vulnerability and report it. Here's a quote from them with more of the details,

    Source: Trend Micro
     
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    Good bye Flash. You had a good run, though.

    I bumped flash off of all of my professional/personal sites a while ago HTML5 is MUCH better. It was a ridiculous pain in the rear to create Flash content anyway, I didn't like it at all.
     
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    Never had problems with flash. A lot of sites still use it, so I'm keeping it installed on all platforms. Chance of me getting a flash virus vs stumbling on a flash content that I need on the net is like hitting a mega millions jack pot. I think I'm safe.
     
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    Flash is like the Internet's version of gasoline. We all know we shouldn't be using it and there are better methods out there to achieve the same goal, but it's still around and people continue to use it regardless.
     
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    Just uninstalled it on my PC. There, problem solved.
     
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    If you use Chrome browser you can also install the FlashBlock plug-in. It disables Flash on a webpage and only shows an icon in its place. If you select the icon THEN it will allow that specific instance of Flash to run.
     
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    exactly, and there are so many legacy sites and games that will NEVER use anything but flash... there has to be a solution, a built in flash emulator for those or something.
     
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    Those sites need to step-up and recode their software with HTML5. I don't see any other solution besides that. Flash just needs to be eradicated from the Internet completely.
     
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    It looks like Adobe worked quickly to nail down the issue. They apparently already have fixed the vulnerability.

    Source: ADOBE (1), (2)
     
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    you completely miss the point, old flash games can't simple be switched to html5, they have to be completely rewritten. most of these old flash game sites support html 5 but the games themselves need to be preserved in some way. that's what I'm saying.

    maybe something server side that allows flash games to be ran sans flash.
    I read a very poignant article about just this earlier I'll post when I find it.
     
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    Being a platform for aging games is hardly an argument for cherishing flash. I'd sacrifice all of those games in a... split second... for a better web experience over all. I was in flash's corner for a long time because I had invested so much time in learning it, but after learning HTML5 (still have a long way to go before being really good though), flash can beat feet.