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Steve Jobs Further Exposes Security Issues With Adobe Flash

Steve Jobs recent "Thoughts On Flash", has caused quite a stir. However, none of this is new information. The Flash Player plug-in can access and control system resources, as well as write to the user's file system (to add updates and store Flash cookies). Development issues and security vulnerabilities related to the use of flash have been written about extensively on blogs and technology sites, and are frequently noted in security warnings and reports (see SANs Top Cyber Security Risks, Symantec Global Internet Threat Report or US-Cert Cyber Security Alert.)  Flash has a very large user base that presents a large target for attackers, but has been fairly resiliant to its critics. What is different now is that Jobs is no ordinary critic.

The other interesting news in Jobs missive is Apples claim to be big supporters of open standards - HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and their role in Webkit. Never really thought of Apple as an "open standards company."  Guess I wasn't paying attention.