Secure IT Foundation

Security gone in a Flash again!

Posted on: April 12, 2011

The problem with popular applications like Adobe Flash is that they aren’t always written with security in mind. As its functionality works well and millions use it daily all over the world, the bad guys love to exploit its popularity and insecurity.

Once a problem is found eventually Adobe releases a fix for that problem, the bad guys find a new method and the whack a mole game continues. This time the latest mole to surface comes via a word document proporting to be about ‘Industrial policy and Competition policy in China’. Open the word document the booby trapped flash file runs and your computer is compromised.

This mole is scheduled to be whacked soon by Adobe, but the sooner an open source product can replace this for the mainstream, the better. Sumatra PDF makes Adobe Reader seem like pointless bloat, so where is the light open source version of flash? Is anyone starting to gnash their teeth again for Windows?



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