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There’s a growing call to dump Adobe Flash. With alternatives based on HTML5 becoming standardized, many tech experts think a plugin that has often been a source of security holes is a liability.
Security reporter Brian Krebs has written several articles on Flash:
Browser plugins are favorite targets for malware and miscreants because they are generally full of unpatched or undocumented security holes that cybercrooks can use to seize complete control over vulnerable systems. The Flash Player plugin is a stellar example of this: It is among the most widely used browser plugins, and it requires monthly patching (if not more frequently).
It’s also not uncommon for Adobe to release emergency fixes for the software to patch flaws that bad guys started exploiting before Adobe even knew about the bugs.
In 2010, Steve Jobs wrote an open letter explaining why Apple hasn’t supported Flash on iOS:
Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.