Latest security bulletin addresses three vulnerabilities
February is proving to be a very busy month for those tasked with the unenviable task of plugging Flash Player holes at Adobe. The Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) on Tuesday announced the availability of new security updates for the Flash Player. This is the third time this month that the company has had to release security updates for the ubiquitous plugin.
Hardly a month goes by without Adobe plugging holes in its widely used Flash Player. On Monday, the San Jose-based software company ensured that October did not turn out to be one of those rare months by updating Flash Player across all the four platforms it is available on.
Time is running out if you're a fan of Adobe's Flash Player plugin for Android and haven't yet downloaded it. On August 15 (tomorrow), Adobe will yank its plugin from Google Play as a readily available download, and only devices that already have Flash Player installed will see any future updates. The move is intended to avoid any compatibility conflicts with Google's Jelly Bean build (Android 4.1).
Upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices, starting with Google's recently unveiled Nexus 7 tablet, will not receive official Flash Player support from Adobe. Moreover, Adobe announced plans to pull Flash Player from the Google Play Store on August 15 for unsupported devices, and while you can expect Flash updates to roll out for older hardware running Android 4.0 or earlier, it's clear the future lies in HTML5.
Adobe issued a security update to address a “critical” zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) in its Flash Player browser plugin this past Friday. The said vulnerability, according to Adobe, is already being exploited in the wild.
Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Flash Player Protected Mode for Mozilla Firefox. Essentially a sandboxed version of the popular browser plugin, Flash Player Protected Mode for Firefox is currently in beta. Hit the jump for more.
Adobe last month said it no longer intended to take on HTML5 with its Flash platform across mobile browsers, hailing the former as the “best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” It also made it clear that the release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook was going to be its last for mobile browsers. But following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Adobe announced it would also be releasing a minor update in December to add Flash and AIR support to the world’s first Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) device, which did not support these technologies at launch.
We’re not too proud to admit it: maybe Steve Jobs had it right. Apple’s refusal to let Adobe’s Flash platform sully is famous in tech circles, and way back in April of 2010, Jobs penned a long, open letter explaining his dislike of Flash and championing HTML5 as an alternative. “Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind,” Jobs wrote, and it looks like Adobe finally got the memo: today, the company announced it was ceasing Flash Player development for mobile devices and refocusing its efforts on HTML5.
We've always known that Macs are susceptible to malware, but without a significant portion of market share, why should anyone bother? Now that numbers are up, Mac users are finding out that their platform of choice is also vulnerable, and it's not just Windows users who have to be on the lookout. The latest threat eating away at Apple PCs is a trojan horse that tries to dupe users into thinking it's a harmless Flash Player installer.
Mobile devices are becoming an increasingly important battleground in the Web wars, one in which Adobe's Flash Player and HTML5 will fight most of their skirmishes. Adobe today announced its prize fighters in Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3, both with support for full hardware accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics.