Firefox blacklists Adobe Flash in wake of zero day exploits

Few companies have, perhaps, suffered more from the 400 GB document leak from the Hacking Team than the group behind the long-beleaguered Flash software.

Among revelations which include that the Italian spyware company has been supplying hacking software to repressive governments, there are also not one or two, but three zero-day exploits for Adobe’s proprietary platform, which has managed to stick around despite criticism from Apple, Facebook, and YouTube.

Now, what may be the nail in the coffin, Mozilla has announced it will become the first major browser to block block by default all versions of Flash in its Firefox browser.

Mark Schmidt, the head of support for Firefox at Mozilla, made the announcement over Twitter last night. He clarified, however, that those who want to risk it can still access the protocol.

While it’s unclear how long Adobe will draw out the process of phasing out Flash, with the company set to release a patch this week.  However, online services including Facebook and Apple have been vocal in their distrust of the platform.  Earlier this year, YouTube switched from Flash to an HTML5-based system.  Adobe itself stopped support for mobile development.

 

Would you recommend this article?

Share

Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.


Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Dave Yin
Dave Yin
Digital Staff Writer at Computer Dealer News, covering Canada's IT channel.

Related Tech News

CDN in your inbox

CDN delivers a critical analysis of the competitive landscape detailing both the challenges and opportunities facing solution providers. CDN's email newsletter details the most important news and commentary from the channel.