In an already famous tweet released earlier, the support head from Mozilla, Michael Schmidt has admitted that there will be no more Flash for Mozilla. That is, until Adobe will eventually release the patches two fix the vulnerabilities in its popular piece of software.
Schmidt specifically said that the Flash Player is now blocked by default in their popular browser. The change will be undone when there will have been released a more stable version of the player. The company has promised to update the program to repair the flaws in its algorithm.
Two inherent problems in the coding have been revealed as a team of security researchers managed to access 400 gigabytes of the Italian vendor company Hacking Team, specializing in surveillance software. The results of this closed research have leaked online last week, prompting the online community to actively dis Adobe for allowing such bugs to enter the program.
The greatest problem now is that the flaws have become publicly known and are at the hands of hackers which could easily create hacking kits for anyone to use. This could leave many private files at the mercy of the internet, which we know from past experiences as not that forgiving.
Consequently, there have been calls for the disappearance of the software, since the many problems and issues that it has had throughout its history have many times put a great amount of computers in jeopardy.
One of the more powerful voices rising against the Flash Player is that of the chief security officer at Facebook, Alex Stamos, who said that the program should be on its way out, as it’s too often the target of hackers, it being much too popular and widely installed on almost all of the world’s PCs.
Last week, Adobe fixed another bug which had appeared in the files stolen from Hacking Team. The bug pertained to the Remote Control System, called Galileo, which is intended to be an extension for enforcing law on those attempting to hack the flash player.
In only a few hours, the flaw was already in a lot of hacking kits. Adobe had to move quickly to fix the issue. As it has to do now. Until then, you are advised to disable the Flash Player. In whichever browser you use. Especially if your personal computer holds important files which you wouldn’t want other people looking at.
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