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Exploit attacks Flash Player 9 and 10 as well as Reader/Acrobat 9.x

Steve Jobs has been on a crusade against Adobe Flash for quite sometime citing issues with performance, stability, and security. Today, Adobe is fueling Jobs' concerns and likely giving the Apple CEO fodder for his WWDC keynote which is coming up on Monday.

According to Adobe, there is a critical vulnerability in versions of Flash Player (Windows, OS X, Linux, Solaris) and Reader/Acrobat 9.x (Windows, OS X, UNIX). The exploit allow a hacker to gain control over an affected system.

Even more troubling is that Adobe says that it currently doesn't have a fix and "there are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild."

Adobe says that the following versions of its products are affected:

  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2, 9.0.262, and earlier 10.0.x and 9.0.x versions
  • Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions

It should be noted however, that the current Release Candidate version of Flash Player 10.1 "does not appear to be vulnerable" to this exploit and Adobe Reader/Acrobat 8.x are also safe.

You can view Adobe's full advisory on the exploit here which also details steps to minimize the impact of the exploit with Reader/Acrobat 9.x.



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By ncage on 6/5/2010 7:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
Its more than that. There is a reason why they want control. I'm not saying apples model is perfect but it does lead to some key advantages. If apple would allow people to build applications on their hardware maybe that technology be it flash/silverlight/air/ect then they are less control the direction of the platform. They are going to infuriate users if they change the platform in such a way that breaks their exiting apps/content. This is in essence what happened when microsoft went to windows vista. There were so many lazy developers out there that were using bad practices and when microsoft hardened the security then it broke things. Of course windows is the opposite of what apple does. You can install anything you want from any place you please and one of the reasons windows has so much trouble with malware.

I think a lot of developers would use something like adobe air if they could to develop iphone apps (assuming they don't need the horsepower like for games) because the developer experience for developing iphone apps is horrible. Its like programming back in the 80s with Object-C. I think, there in, lies the problem. They don't want a lot of developers moving over to technologies like adobe air.

Going back to phones i actually think microsofts new phone is going the right direction. Some control but not so unstructured (andriod) that it causes fragmentation. I mean some of the limitations of previous iphones were stupid. You can't change the wallpaper would be a good example until IS OS Phone 4.0 is released.

I have no idea why people fight over this flash issue so much. If i had the ability to install flash on my phone i wouldn't. What does flash, in the majority of cases, add to the experience? Marketing/Add is what it adds. Now until HTML 5 becomes available and a standard video format that the industry stands around then the only thing i won't to do is to be able to click on a flash video and play it in a stand alone player or if a company wants to get its content to you they will through a stand alone app.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/5/2010 8:26:46 PM , Rating: 3
Well for one thing, without Flash support millions of bored housewives and people with too much time on their hands are unable to play Farmville on Facebook!!

That alone is reason enough to support it.


By The Raven on 6/7/2010 10:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
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If apple would allow people to build applications on their hardware maybe that technology be it flash/silverlight/air/ect then they are less control the direction of the platform. They are going to infuriate users if they change the platform in such a way that breaks their exiting apps/content. This is in essence what happened when microsoft went to windows vista.


Although I agree with your main point (advantages to Apple strategy), you cite the 'openess' of MS as the reason for Vista's failure when XP did the same thing and was sucessful for it. XP wouldn't be as sucessful if MS made it so limited software was available for it. They made sure apps were available for it and the success followed.

Look at the iPhone itself. Apple made it so that it was easy to make apps for the phone. In that way, it is open, and the openess brought it success. Now they are saying no to Flash and that is the opposite of what brought them success from this point of view anyway. The quality aspect is another story, but that is why it is a bit controversial.


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