Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Tue Jun 15 20:21:58 UTC 2010

Greg Woods wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 22:15 -0700, Patrick Bartek wrote:
>>  it's considerably harder simply because the system is designed, first and foremost, from the ground up with security in mind.  With Windows, security seems to have been always an after thought, if thought about at all.
>> In addition, Linux users tend to be more knowledgeable regarding the vagaries of computers and computing, and take reasonable precautions against such things.
> All of this is true, but I still think it would be wrong for us to get
> too complacent about it. As soon as somebody says "this won't be a
> problem on Linux", they may not be "taking reasonable precautions". Do
> you check out every YouTube video for badness before you view it? Does
> anyone actually do that? With the nature of this particular
> vulnerability, if you are still looking at Flash videos from potentially
> untrustworthy sources, then you are vulnerable even on Linux.
> I believe it is only a matter of (not much) time before Linux is
> targeted. In this case, there is no update path available for Linux
> users at the moment, so all of us who have installed the Adobe Flash
> plugin are vulnerable. The bad guys know this. The fact that Windows is
> also vulnerable until patched (possibly even more vulnerable) does not
> change this.
I love kvm for this, I can make a qcow2 copy on write image of a machine, do my 
browsing in that with appropriate network control (not allowed to see anything 
inside the firewall) and then just 'shred' the image after use.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
   "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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