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Facebook Security Chief Says Flash Has To Go

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help
 
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Facebook’s new security chief Alex Stamos says that it is time to kill Flash Player. He sent out a a series of Tweets saying that Adobe needs to put an end date on the popular platform that serves as the basis for many online games and video services.

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“It’s time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash,” he wrote.  “Even if 18 months from now, one set date is the only way to disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem at once.”

Stamos feels that the continuing existence of Flash is holding back the development of HTML 5 and that developers won’t take the time rewrite their tools and upgrade as long as Flash is still in existence.

This comes on the heels of the revelation of three unpatched Flash exploits that could allow hackers to attack systems.

~ Cynthia

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6 Responses to “Facebook Security Chief Says Flash Has To Go”

  1. mikey says:

    Alex Stamos has been at Facebook less than a month. I think that he should better understand both his company and the product he derides before he uses his new position as a platform for publicity. Too bad World Start fell for his tactic.

    • cynthia says:

      Mikey, it may be debatable whether or not he should have made the statement, but he did make it and he is certainly not alone among those who are calling for the end of Flash. In fact, he’s voice a growing opinion backed of by the automatic disabling of Flash in browsers. As the security chief of Facebook, he’s in the position to influence a lot of people, so we think his statements are worth reporting.

  2. dearcat says:

    I work in Linux and definitely think Flash should go. There are too many sites that cannot be used because of Flash.

  3. Roz Brown says:

    Simply stated: BRAVO!

  4. Michael P Reed Sr says:

    Until you can come up with a suitable substitute for flash you cannot just “get rid of it”. There are still to many browsers and programs that use it.

    • cynthia says:

      I think many security people believe that HTML 5 is a suitable replacement, but that companies don’t want to take the time and effort to switch to that platform despite the security risks posed by Flash.

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