Mozilla has decided to temporary block Adobe’s application Flash on all its versions. This measure was taken because recently a lot of bugs found in Flash could be exploited by cyber thieves. Statistics made by analysis companies say that Mozilla is the third most popular browser.
Adobe Flash is the plug-in which enables graphics online such as browser games and animations. Now a message appears in Mozilla saying that the plug-in is vulnerable and Mozilla has reserved the right to block the software that could damage Firefox’ security.
Flash is among the list of Adobe applications which are most targeted by hackers in order to steal data from computers. This is due to the fact that such applications are used on so many devices and platforms.
This is not the first time something like this has happened. Mozilla has blocked other problematic plug-ins and applications such as Java. According to Mozilla’s security strategy web experience can be sacrificed over security issues.
Among the high severity Flash bugs that were reported one was stolen by hackers who infiltrated Hacking Team and afterwards it was used by cyber criminals. Another bug appeared several days later and it affected the latest version of Flash (18.0.209) along with all its other versions.
Hackers use such vulnerabilities in order to install harmful software on computers and so they can steal data from them. The vulnerabilities from the documents which were stolen from Hacking Team, the Italian security firm were added to exploit kits which are used by many cyber thieves in campaigns which allow them to take control of other users’ computers.
Adobe has started working on fixing one of the vulnerabilities found in the data stolen, but they announced that patches for these bugs will be released sometime this week because they are already working on other two bugs.
Mozilla wrote on its support page that Flash will remain blocked until Adobe will release a new version of Flash which will be able to deal with such security problems. Mozilla also advised people on how to change Firefox settings in order to allow Flash to run only when the users wants it not always.
This measure comes immediately after Facebook’s security chief Alex Stamos said in a tweet that Adobe should kill off Flash and browsers should do the same. He also added that Adobe should announce a date so that people will be prepared for the day that Flash will no longer be available.
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