Adobe Admits Flash Has a Huge Security Flaw on All Platforms


Adobe has admitted that it has a huge security problem with its current version of Flash that could allow a hacker to take complete control of your system. It looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs was right when he called Flash buggy and full of security holes. Surprise!

So what devices are affected? Well all of them really. Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Android are all vulnerable. From Adobe’s site: “A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Android…This vulnerability could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Flash Player on Windows.”

Something tells me that part of the reason as to why the BlackBerry has not seen its own version of Flash yet is not just due to its current hardware limitations. What company in its right mind would run a BlackBerry Enterprise System (BES), have sensitive corporate documents on its BlackBerrys, and let its users install Flash? Steve Jobs might have his own personal vendetta against Adobe at the moment, but anyone else wonder if a jailbreak is possible through exploiting the flaws in Flash?

I wonder how long until smartphone users will have to start using antivirus software on their devices to keep themselves safe. The malware, spyware and viruses are sure to be coming at faster and faster paces. The security features inherent in iOS, BlackBerry OS and Android really cannot do anything if you run infected software and use web content that can load its own data and code.

So, smartphone users sound off.

Android users: liking how Flash is running for you on Froyo?

BlackBerry users: will you use Flash if it does eventually come to your platform?

iOS users: maybe Steve Jobs is not as crazy as everyone thinks, regardless of whether or not he really was caught boarding his private plane in Japan with ninja stars. (Google that one if you haven’t heard about it.)

I don’t know how much longer the world can suffer through Adobe’s Flash nightmare. On that note, back to watching Hulu…

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