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:
It should be noted however, that the
Candidate version of Flash Player 10.1 "does not appear to
be vulnerable" to this exploit and Adobe Reader/Acrobat 8.x are
You can view Adobe's full advisory on
the exploit here
which also details steps to minimize the impact of the exploit with
quote: Secondly, he has a financial stake in HTML5 taking off over Flash. He owns stock in the company that owns the patent for the codec. So that's a no brainer. Again, he wants to control ALL content on his devices. You will use what he wants you to use, when he wants it. And make a boatload of money in the process.
quote: Also the idea that you dump an entire platform because of a vulnerability is ludicrous.
quote: Windows had it's share of backdoors in the past as well, did everyone abandon ship?
quote: Job's doesn't understand this because he's had the luxury of operating in his nice tiny little niche, where he can control every little aspect of his products. Adobe doesn't have this luxury, most industry standards don't. When you have to cater to a massive multi-platform industry, things like this happen and happen often.
quote: He's going to have to suck it up. Blocking Adobe products might not be anti-competitive or illegal, but blocking them so a standard that he has a vested financial interest in becoming a monopoly, sure as hell is.
quote: Well, I think it's assumed that he was talking about Macs rather than phones. Phones basically don't get exploited when compared to desktop/laptop computers. It's not that they can't, it's just that they don't. And as for Flash crashing your browser.... how about you get a browser that doesn't suck then. Flash hasn't crashed my browser since IE6... and IDK if you can even say it's Adobe's fault with that browser.
quote: in fact most mac users would prefer bowel surgery without anaesthetic than use a windows machine but that's another story