Firefox Blocks Adobe Flash, Facebook Says Stick a Fork in It

Steve Jobs waged war on Adobe Flash before he died. Now, Mozilla and Facebook are picking up where AppleEUs co-founder left off and are aiming to kill the software for good.

Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox Web browser, is blocking Flash because of recently discovered bugs in the software that hackers are actively exploiting. Although Adobe said itEUs taking the matter seriously and has promised patches, thatEUs no longer good enough for some companies.

EUAll versions of AdobeEUs Flash Player plugin are currently deactivated by default, until Adobe releases an updated version to address known critical security issues,EU Mozilla said on its support site. EUSome Web sites use Adobe Flash to display content. However, attackers can also use the security flaws in Flash to run malicious software on your computer and gain access to your system.EU

Jobs Nailed It in 2010

Facebook security chief Alex Stamos is being especially vocal about the future of Flash. He made his opinion known in a tweet: EUIt is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day.EU

Jobs went on the offense about Flash in 2010, explaining in an open letter why Apple did not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. At that time Jobs insisted the decision was made based on technology issues. Flash is proprietary but Jobs said the standards pertaining to the Web should be open. His bigger beef, though, was security.

EUSymantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash,EU Jobs said in the letter. EUWe have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We donEUt want to reduce the reliability...

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