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Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild 187

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the malware-disguised-as-boring-game dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Adobe has released an emergency patch for a critical vulnerability affecting Flash Player for Windows, Linux, and OS X, the exploitation of which can result in an attacker gaining remote control of the victims' systems. The flaw is being actively exploited in the wild, but apart from crediting its discovery to researchers Alexander Polyakov and Anton Ivanov of Kaspersky Labs, no details about the ongoing attack has been shared." They even updated the explicitly unsupported NPAPI GNU/Linux version.
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Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild

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  • Not much longer? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by HetMes (1074585) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @11:13AM (#46162339)
    How far away are we from gaining a critical mass of website who don't necessarily need flash anymore, with the arrival of HTML 5? How long before the scale tips?
  • Re:Devil's avocado (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@gma i l . com> on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @05:04PM (#46166021) Journal

    The real bitch and a half is because everybody in the press (including many here sadly) were busy kissing Steve Jobs' ass we have NO alternative, none at all.

    HTML V5 is a proprietary as hell clusterfuck, which of course was the point as Jobs didn't want anything like Flash games competing with his crappstore (and he was damned smart for doing that, as games make more money than anything else by something like 8 to 1) with H.26x being a boat anchor performance wise compared to Flash. Seriously try out any video in Flash+ VP6 and compare it to HTML V5 H.26x and disable hardware acceleration (which is a bandaid designed to cover up how big a pig H.26x is) and look at the numbers yourself. I can tell you that I can run SD DVD quality video all day long on a 2003 Sempron or 2011 middle of the road smartphone in flash but H.26x? Anything less than a Pentium D or a dual core smartphone its a slideshow. And this isn't even getting into the fact that the shit Jobs feared like games and animation is beyond pathetic in H.26x precisely because Jobs didn't want anything that could compete, why isn't anybody bitching about this?

    Is Flash buggy? Sure is, do we have an alternative, something capable of giving us everything Flash did while having better security and performance? NO WE DO NOT and the simple fact that several years after Jobs first pulled that shit we STILL don't have an actual functional replacement should PISS PEOPLE OFF and rightly so! At least with Flash it ran nearly everywhere on everything, that is until St Steve killed the thing by saying "Thou shalt not be on iPad" and what did it get us? A fucking mess, with some sites working on some phones but not others, too God damned many proprietary "apps" to bring you content simply because without flash there isn't any other way to do the things Flash did, its a giant fucking mess...but Apple is making bank which was the whole damned point. Sigh, can we start over and this time NOT let a corp with a giant conflict of interest call the shots, please?

    BTW how many of you are planning to split when they force us onto that shitstain that is /. beta? I don't know about you but if I wanting another tweeting twits for shits I'd be on Reddit. The thing is a mess, it looks like shit, hard to follow flow, comments even more broken, obviously designed for pads (which I bet my last buck is less than 3% of the daily readership of this site) it is the windows 8 of the web!

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