Why does adobe keep updating
My re-education on this topic comes courtesy of Will Dormann, a computer security expert who writes threat advisories for Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT.
In a recent post on the release of the latest bundle of security updates for Adobe’s Flash player, Dormann commented that Shockwave actually provides its own version of the Flash runtime, and that the latest Shockwave version released by Adobe has none of the recent Flash fixes.
This author has long advised computer users who have Adobe‘s Shockwave Player installed to junk the product, mainly on the basis that few sites actually require the browser plugin, and because it’s yet another plugin that requires constant updating.
But I was positively shocked this week to learn that this software introduces a far more pernicious problem: Turns out, it bundles a component of Adobe Flash that is more than 15 months behind on security updates, and which can be used to backdoor virtually any computer running it.
New versions are released every 6 weeks for over 3 years now.
We do not have the time to keep updating nor do we want any computer updating without someone watching it. On update was the worst when you made all the unnecessary changes.Because of this, it may be easier to exploit a vulnerability when Flash is hosted by Shockwave, for example.” Adobe spokeswoman Heather Edell confirmed that CERT’s information is correct, and that the next release of Shockwave Player will include the updated version of Flash Player.“We are reviewing our security update process in order to mitigate risks in Shockwave Player,” Edell said.It took me all day to all 5 computers to look alike so everyone could use them no matter where they work.
Please consider yourself a top browser and not a fly by night.To remove Shockwave, grab Adobe’s uninstall tool here.