Facebook’s Alex Stamos calls for the end of Adobe’s Flash software
In a Sunday post on the Twitter microblogging site, Facebook’s security chief Alex Stamos called for the end of Adobe Systems’ Flash animation software.
Asserting that Adobe’s Flash plug-in underscores a safety risk which is not worth taking, Stamos said in his tweet that it’s high time that Adobe announces the “end-of-life date for Flash,” and asks the browsers “to set killbits on the same day.”
Later, in a follow-up tweet, Stamos also said that “one set date is the only way to disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem at once,” even if Adobe reaches a decision about such a date in the next one-and-a-half years.
The tweets by the well-known Facebook executive mark the latest ‘death-to-Flash’ suggestion to Adobe, to persuade the company to discontinue the animation software. The tweet comes close on the heels of the last-week hack of Italian security firm Hacking Team and the subsequent release of 400GB of the company’s internal documents.
With the documents exposed by the hackers including details for exploiting vulnerabilities in Adobe’s Flash software, Hacking Team has described the in-question Flash weakness as the "most beautiful Flash bug for the last four years."
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