Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 27th Jul 2009 20:53 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Adobe Flash. It's everywhere. Not all of us want it, but many are forced into submission simply because it's weaseled its way into a myriad of applied and common uses. This just makes all the worse the news that a vulnerability in Adobe Flash, Reader, and Acrobat applications is allowing malcontents to exploit computers with these products installed.
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Does it matter if your a limited account?
by pcunite on Mon 27th Jul 2009 22:13 UTC
pcunite
Member since:
2008-08-26

When posting news like this I would recommend you mention the severity if running as non-admin. I always use a locked down account along with SRS restriction polices... frankly most exploits don't amount to a hill of beans on my systems as nothing is executable to the same directories I can write to.

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

Unfortunately there are usually ways around such policies; for instance the holes in Windows 7 UAC, or the recent local privilege escalation vulnerability in Linux. LUA/SRP/MAC/whatever makes it more difficult for an attack to gain admin privileges but not impossible.

Also, if you're using a limited user account but not MAC and your personal data is stored under that account, the data is vulnerable.

Edit: and as far as Flash goes I hope that Silverlight kills it dead, the heck with it being MS technology. If it's better, let it win for once.

Edited 2009-07-27 22:51 UTC

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

and as far as Flash goes I hope that Silverlight kills it dead, the heck with it being MS technology. If it's better, let it win for once.


Um, that would be the worst outcome imaginable for anyone who doesn't use Windows. The web should use open standards, and thankfully there's been progress towards this end in recent years. Silverlight would undo all the good that has been done in this area were it to gain prominence, and would give Microsoft a second shot at locking in the web like they attempted to do with ActiveX. I don't think one needs to imagine too hard to see where things would go from there, look at Windows and IE when Microsoft had no real competition.

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pcunite Member since:
2008-08-26

Do you have further info on MAC? Thank you.

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