One of the things Christmas brought us is a new Flash exploit that could let attackers take control of an affected system. That’s not necessarily a surprise, considering that Flash bugs are often discovered. Not to mention that some hackers choose Christmas and the holidays to attack computer users who might be busy with plenty of other things that are more important than guarding the security of their computers.
Adobe Flash is dead, long live Adobe Flash. Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously penned a public letter about Adobe Flash back in 2010. Jobs wasn’t the first person to dislike Flash. In fact, developers had hated the technology for years because of its volatility and instability. But Jobs made their plight public and the Internet is now a better place because of it. Once in the public eye, Adobe had no choice but to devote time and resources to making Flash a better product, and the Flash experience of 2015 is nowhere near as bad as it was five years ago.
Of course, Flash still has issues with stability and security that make promoting and growing the technology difficult. In fact, a recently discovered vulnerability in Flash was so bad that the only way to fix it was to completely uninstall Flash Player.
And so Adobe has finally decided to kill Flash… sort of. More →
If you want to edit photos on any Windows PC or Mac, there’s only one software company whose products you should concern yourself with. Adobe has been the top name in photos editing for years now, and the brand is synonymous with quality. While Adobe software can often be very pricey, Amazon is hosting a one-day-only sale on Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14 that will have you nearly 50% off the software’s list price. More →
With his “Thoughts on Flash” letter back in early 2010, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs waged a war on Adobe that the media couldn’t get enough of. Beyond the hype, however, Adobe’s Flash platform really had become a resource hog that was a terrible burden on developers, and that wreaked havoc on PC performance. Thanks to the war Jobs waged, two things have happened in recent years: Flash has become far less popular as better technologies moved in to replace it, and the Flash platform has improved.
Improved though it may be, Flash still has some serious issues. We got a painful reminder of that last week when Adobe confirmed a very serious security flaw that was actively being used in attacks. Now, the story enters a new chapter as Apple just moved to block some versions of Adobe’s Flash software from its computers. More →
Just over 24 hours ago, a major security vulnerability affecting all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux was discovered and reported to Adobe. Hopefully you’ve already uninstalled Flash Player, but whether or not you got around to scrubbing Flash from your computer, we’re pleased to report that Adobe has released a patch for the vulnerability. More →
Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash
The fun never ends with Adobe Flash.
Just one day after Adobe released its monthly security patches for various software including Flash Player, the company confirmed a major security vulnerability that affects all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. You read that correctly… all versions. Adobe said it has been made aware that this vulnerability is being used by hackers to attack users, though it says the attacks are limited and targeted. Using the exploit, an attacker can crash a target PC or even take complete control of the computer.
And now for the fun part: The only way to effectively protect yourself against this serious security hole is to completely uninstall Flash Player from your machine. More →
As if Apple hadn’t made a strong enough case against Flash already, Adobe announced this week that a security vulnerability had been discovered in the most recent version of Flash Player. Adobe quickly addressed the issue, but Apple took safety measures a step further by adding any version of Adobe Flash Player version below 18.104.22.168 (and 22.214.171.124 on older machines) to its plugin blacklist. More →
Adobe on Tuesday issued a critical security update to patch a vulnerability that could help hackers “take control” of computers after users visit various sites, CNET reports. Security blogger Michele Spagnuolo, who detailed the security exploit, says the Flash issue can be used by hackers to steal cookies that authenticate users on “thousands of websites.” More →
It’s been years since Apple, Google and a host of other technology firms were accused of colluding in order to avoid competition while keeping salaries down by not poaching each other’s employees. The case has gone dark on more than one occasion, but Reuters reports that four of the companies involved in the scandal have finally agreed to settle the lawsuit. A trial concerning the case was scheduled to begin in a few short weeks. More →
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was going “thermonuclear war” on Adobe’s Flash platform long before he set his sights on Android. In fact, he even penned a lengthy public letter about how awful Flash was for mobile devices. In this case Jobs won, and Adobe announced late last year that it would cease development on Flash for mobile devices. On top of that, newer online video technologies are currently in the process of muscling the aging technology off the Web. Though there is certainly a stigma attached to Flash, this wasn’t always the case, and event registration platform maker Attendly on Tuesday published a quick retrospective piece on Adobe’s Flash platform on its blog. From a simple illustration program created by Jonathan Gay and Robert Tatsumi for stylus-driven tablets called SmartSketch, to the Macromedia acquisition in 1996, and on to 2005 when the torch was passed to Adobe, it’s a nice quick look at Flash that will bring a tear to nostalgic techies’ eyes. More →
Following an unveiling last month, Adobe on Monday announced that its Creative Suite 6 software is now available for purchase and its Creative Cloud solution will become available on May 11th. “We announced Creative Cloud and CS6 two weeks ago and these releases have caught the imagination of creatives everywhere,” Adobe’s SVP of digital media, David Wadhwani, said in a statement. “Today we’re shipping CS6 and look forward to the beginning of an exciting new era as we introduce Creative Cloud later this week.” Pricing ranges from $1,299 for the base edition of CS6 to $2,599 for the “Master Collection,” and upgrades from previous versions start at $300. The software and updates are also available at no additional charge alongside a Creative Cloud subscription, which ranges from $49.99 to $74.99 per month for new customers and starts at just $29.99 per month for customers upgrading from earlier versions. Adobe’s full press release follows below. More →
Adobe on Monday announced pre-order availability of its next-generation collection of design applications, Creative Suite 6, which includes Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, After Effects CS6, Flash Builder CS6 and more. “Creatives get a ton of innovation across CS6, with milestone releases of all our flagship products,” Adobe’s SVP of Digital Media David Wadhwani said. “With CS6 and Creative Cloud, we’re also introducing new products, new mobile workflows and advanced publishing capabilities that show we are laser-focused on ensuring design, Web and video pros have everything they need for the delivery of high-impact content and apps.” Read on for more. More →
Apple, Google and five other technology companies must face an antitrust lawsuit for illegally agreeing to not poach each other’s employees. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, rejected the companies’ bid to dismiss claims brought under the Sherman Act and California state law, Reuters reported on Thursday. In addition to Apple and Google, Intel, Adobe, Pixar, Intuit and Lucasfilm are accused of entering into the illegal agreements. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed after five software engineers claimed the companies conspired to reduce employee pay by eliminating competition for skilled labor. More →