Mozilla and Google have disabled support for Adobe Flash in the Firefox and Chrome browsers due to a zero-day vulnerability. Leaked documents show that hackers have been using a security flaw in the plug-in to take over people’s computers for at least four years. Adobe quickly patched the first vulnerability discovered as a result of the leak, but it has not yet patched other related issues. In the meantime, both Firefox and Chrome are displaying warning messages to uses who attempt to access Flash content.
Many observers are saying that it is time for Web developers to stop using Flash technology. Steve Jobs famously blocked the technology from iOS, and last week, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamon tweeted, “It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day.”