Adobe Flash users have been under attack from cybercriminals again, this time courtesy of [a zero day exploit kit by the name of Angler](http://malware.dontneedcoffee.com/2015/01/unpatched-vulnerability-0day-in-flash.html). The exploit kit has been readily available on the dark market, and hits vulnerabilities to be found in Flash Players up to 15.0.0.223, as well as the latest release. There is some uncertainty as to who is at risk from this kit, with some sources claiming Windows 8.1 and Google Chrome users are safe, while others tell me any version of Internet Explorer used with any version of Windows is at risk if Adobe Flash player …

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Earlier this month, security outfit FireEye’s 'FireEye as a Service' researchers out in Singapore [discovered and reported](https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2015/06/operation-clandestine-wolf-adobe-flash-zero-day.html) on a phishing campaign that was found to be exploiting a zero-day in Adobe Flash Player vulnerability (CVE-2015-3113). That campaign has been well and truly active for a while now, with attacking emails including links to compromised sites serving up benign content if you are lucky and a malicious version of the Adobe Flash Player complete with the exploit code if you are not. Adobe has now [responded with a security update](https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-14.html) with the following recommendations: Users of the Adobe Flash Player Desktop …

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"Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems." These are the words of Brad Arkin, Chief Security Officer at Adobe as he reveals that one of the biggest names in the software business has fallen victim to …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17139[/ATTACH]NVIDIA's CUDA parallel computer architecture is picking up steam and quickly becoming one of the de-facto solution for producing high-end video content. When time is money, companies such as Industrial Light & Magic, and Adobe, cannot always cram every feature or pixel into the finished product. Most consumers might not realize that production technology is a major player in the race for quality, but NVIDIA's Quadro and Tesla product lines, coupled with the CUDA architecture, will determine the future of video as we know it. Jon Peddie Research is a leading research firm for the multimedia industry and Mr. Peddie …

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Apple has done it again. This time with [URL= http://www.sproutcore.com/]SproutCore[/URL], a JavaScript framework that simplifies development of native-looking Web-based applications without the need for Flash or any other specialized runtime. Apple has reportedly contributed loads of resources to the project, which was originally developed by [URL= http://www.sproutit.com/]SproutIt[/URL] creator Charles Jolley. He now works for Apple’s [URL=http://www.mobileme.com]MobileMe[/URL] service (formerly known as .Mac). Though most of the reports I’ve read about SproutCore are calling it a Flash killer, the [URL=http://www.sproutcore.com/demos/] SproutCore demo applications[/URL] I’ve seen make it look more like an Ajax than Flash. And comparing it with Microsoft’s SilverLight makes even …

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Apple had a great opportunity to build bridges, not only between itself and its customers but also with Adobe, by announcing it had finally done the right thing and included support for Adobe Flash when it [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story273336.html"]announced new iPhone 4.0 OS features[/URL] this week. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Apple did not grasp that opportunity but instead made it very clear that no such support will be forthcoming. According to Lee Brimelow, whose official title at Adobe is that of 'Platform Evangelist' for Flash amongst other things, the new iPhone 4.0 SDK "appears to make creating applications in any non-Apple-approved languages a violation …

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If you are a user of Adobe Flash, be sure to apply the latest security update if you want to avoid becoming part of an in-the-wild attack exploiting a vulnerability which currently seems to be exploiting users of Internet Explorer on the Windows platform only. Adobe has, however, issued an [emergency security patch](https://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-09.html) for Android, Linux and Mac users as well as those with Windows which kind of suggests it could be indicative of a wider problem with the software. ![dweb-flash](/attachments/small/0/dweb-flash.jpg "align-right") Adobe is recommending that any users of Flash Player v11.2.202.233 and earlier for Windows, Mac and Linux should …

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Not everything Apple touches turns to gold, a case in point is the .mac service which has recently been rebranded with not terribly clever moniker: MobileMe. What Apple fails to understand from the get-go is that people expect their cloud services to be free or at least extremely cheap and $99 per year (you can’t fool people by not making it an even hundred, by the way) is simply too much to charge. If you look at most cloud services, they are free. Google offers almost all its consumers services free of charge in exchange for viewing text ads—no such …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17138[/ATTACH]In an impressive gesture of goodwill, Apple has decided to publicize their app store review guidelines for developers, and has even lifted their restriction on third party development software. Yes, this even includes apps written in actionscript, the code behind Adobe Air and the ever-contested, Flash. While the does not mean that Flash is supported in any of the mobile browsers available for the iPhone and iPad, it does mean that developers can now convert Flash applications using Adobe's iOS packaging tool, and submit them to the App Store without fear of automatic rejection. As Adobe puts it, “Apple's announcement …

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[URL="http://www.adobe.com"]Adobe[/URL] has nailed its Android-coloured flag even more firmly to the wall than it had done before. The company hosted its so-called Android Conference yesterday in which it put forward the ways in which its software will be closely tied to the Google-owned operating system. It's not all positive. Adobe Flash 10.1 relies on some heavily functional hardware; not every new Android phone will work with it. Adobe is also refusing to certify certain FroYo devices because the battery power is terrible. The company will be offering a new developers platform, called Flex. All of which ties in with the …

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Adobe Systems, Inc. the San Francisco-based software company, that has been heavily criticized recently by Apple, Inc CEO Steven Jobs, [URL="http://www.macworld.co.uk/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=3227682&blogid=14"]announced yesterday[/URL] they were releasing a mobile version of Flash, starting with Android cell phone OS. Adobe states in the press release that Flash is already one of the top free Android apps and it will be supported by a variety of Adobe partners. One of the big criticisms of Apple's highly successful iPad and iPhone has been its lack of support for Flash, which appears on countless web sites. When you encounter one of these sites on an Apple …

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[ATTACH=right]14692[/ATTACH]Apple's feeling pretty good about itself lately and why shouldn't it? It sold [URL="http://www.tuaw.com/2010/05/03/apple-sells-one-millionth-ipad/"]a million iPads[/URL] in the first month. That means iPad sales reached a million units twice as fast as the original iPhone. The revenue spigot remains wide open and I'm sure investors are happy, but Apple has shown a few signs lately it may be getting a little too big for its britches. Consider these recent news stories: [LIST] [*]Just last week, it announced it was [URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704608104575220632546515388.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_business"]shuttering the Lala music [/URL]service just months after purchasing it. [*]Steve Jobs got even crankier about Flash [URL="http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/"]posting a public letter[/URL] …

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In 1987, Thomas Knoll developed a pixel imaging program called Display. It was a simple program to showcase grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor. However, after collaborating with his brother John Knoll, the two began adding features that made it possible to process digital image files. The program eventually caught the attention of industry influencers, and in 1988, Adobe made the decision to license the software, naming it Photoshop, and shipping the first version in 1990. It is hard to believe, but Adobe Photoshop will indeed be 20 years old tomorrow, 19th feb 2010. To help celebrate this milestone, the …

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Word came out this past weekend that Steve Jobs held a Town Meeting with his employees after the iPad party. Among the topics were Adobe and the Nexus One, which apparently both have Jobs more than a little riled. [URL="http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/googles-dont-be-evil-mantra-is-bullshit-adobe-is-lazy-apples-steve-jobs/"]According to a Wired article[/URL], he had this to say about Adobe and Flash: [QUOTE]They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it.[/QUOTE] Seriously, Steve?! I would say, Adobe has done all kinds of interesting things with Flash in spite of what Jobs may think. Yet it seems that …

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Zend Technologies today is set to announce a series of alliances intended to allow its PHP framework and development environment to work with other widely deployed RIA technologies from Adobe, Dojo and IBM. In a keynote speech at [url=http://www.zendcon.com/ZendCon08/public/content/home]ZendCon[/url], the company's annual PHP developer conference in Cupertino, Calif., Zend CEO Harold Goldberg reportedly was to deliver the news. The most far-reaching collaboration will be with Adobe, and is aimed at simplifying development of PHP application that combine PHP with Flex, the company's popular framework for developing rich Internet applications. I received advance copy of an embargoed document, in which it …

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Still using Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader? Maybe it is time to switch to something that's not glowing red on the bad guy radar, or which is more securely coded depending upon how you look at these things. Yes, Adobe has admitted that there is yet another possible zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, oh deep joy. David Lenoe of Adobe [URL="http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/2009/12/new_adobe_reader_and_acrobat_v.html"]confirms[/URL] "...Adobe received reports of a vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and earlier versions being exploited in the wild" adding that the company is "currently investigating this issue and assessing the risk to our customers" and …

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You have to give Sony credit, they are really trying new strategies to wrestle eBook marketshare from the Amazon Kindle. This month [URL="http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/computer_peripheral/e_book/release/41492.html"]they announced several new editions [/URL]of the Sony Reader, including the brand new Reader Daily Edition, which should be in stores in time for the holiday shopping season. This comes on the heels of their recent announcement to support the [URL="http://www.idpf.org/"]open ePub ebook standard[/URL] I wrote about last week in my post, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4640.html"]Could Sony Open eBook Decision Pressure Amazon[/URL]. I'm still not sure either Sony (or Amazon) has lowered the price on these units enough to give them …

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In a move that could only be characterized as surprising, Sony announced last week that it was going to be using the open [URL="http://www.idpf.org/"]ePub eBook standard[/URL], which in theory should enable [URL="http://ebookstore.sony.com/reader/"]Sony Reader[/URL] users to access and use any books created around the standard. Sony Readers will also be able to read Adobe PDFs and Adobe eBooks, both of which come with [URL="http://www.adobe.com/products/contentserver/"]Adobe DRM[/URL]. It's a complex announcement, but one thing is clear, Sony has laid down the gauntlet with Amazon, leaving it as the lone major proprietary reader. But is Amazon too big to care? [B]The Amazon eBook Erase …

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Adobe has issued a security advisory following the discovery of what it describes as a "critical vulnerability" which exists within the current versions of Flash Player (v9.0.159.0 and v10.0.22.87) across all platforms, Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems, The same vulnerability can be found within the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat v9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems and has the potential to cause a crash which could then allow an attacker to take control of the system. Well, I say potential, but [URL="http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa09-03.html"]Adobe admits[/URL] that there are "reports that this vulnerability is being actively …

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The bad guys of the IT business are always looking for the most effective ways to infect the innocent Internet user, and increasingly that means turning to commonly used web browser plug-ins such as Flash or PDF readers. A couple of years ago we were [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1537.html"]reporting critical vulnerabilities[/URL] for all Adobe Flash platforms, and towards the end of last year there were [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21493/53/"]reports[/URL] of a critical vulnerability in Adobe Reader. Cue Jaws soundtrack: just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Adobe PDF water. According to an [URL="http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/2009/04/update_on_adobe_reader_issue.html"]official Adobe security warning[/URL] "All currently supported shipping versions …

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Adobe has yet to patch a critical zero-day vulnerability in Acrobat and Reader applications which is in the wild and being exploited by malicious types using malformed PDF files. Now, more than two weeks after the exploit was reported by The Shadowserver Foundation and before Adobe can get the patch distributed (it is due on March 11th I am led to believe) the situation has got worse. A lot worse in fact. It would appear that the advice to disable JavaScript in order to avoid being exposed to the risk is no longer valid after a security consultant demonstrated that …

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A public beta has started for the latest version of the BBC iPlayer desktop download manager which supports Linux, Mac and Windows. This represents a huge, and hugely overdue, move forward for the BBC which previously only allowed Windows users to download programmes using the iPlayer. The secret is in the air, literally. The new iPlayer is built upon Adobe AIR, a key component of the Adobe Flash Platform, and the download manager enables users to view BBC TV shows, online or offline, with a high-quality solution across all three operating systems. Currently it is only available to BBC iPlayer …

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Yesterday Adobe announced it would be laying off 600 employees worldwide, which represents, according to published accounts, 8 percent of the workforce. Reports suggested that Adobe was a victim of the overall economic slow down and the lower than expected earnings were due to selling fewer copies of the new Creative Suite 4 (CS4). Could Adobe, a large company with a loyal customer base and full control of the creative and web development software market, be technology's version of a canary in coal mine? It's hard to say with any certainty, but it doesn't bode well for the first half …

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Adobe Systems has confirmed what many in the media have been speculating for months--that it will produce a version of its Flash runtime environment for Apple's iPhone. The move will open the device to an enormous wealth of applications and Flash-enabled Web content. What remains to be seen is whether Flash will run fast enough in iPhone's ARM11 processor to be useful. Apple CEO Steven Jobs in March was [url=http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/03/05/adobes-flash-not-good-enough-for-steve-jobs/]reported to have said[/url] that Flash in its state at the time "performs too slow to be useful" for a good iPhone experience and that there's a "missing product in the …

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[I]Nothing's wrong as far as I can see We make it harder than it has to be and I can't tell you why ~Eagles, I Can’t Tell You Why. [/I] Apple and Adobe have both gotten some press lately for going to the trademark police after a couple of small business people had the audacity to publicize their products by including corporate trademarks in their business name. First there was the case of [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2707.html"]Apple going after The iPod Mechanic[/URL] as reported by my colleague Davey Winder (aka Happy Geek) in his Inside Edge blog. Now comes [URL="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/adobe_gets_sensitive_about_air_trademark.php"]news from ReadWriteWeb[/URL] that …

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The [URL=http://www.iso.org/iso/home.htm]International Organization for Standardization[/URL] today announced that Adobe’s Portable Document Format is now an ISO standard. Well it’s about time! The PDF has only [URL=http://www.adobe.com/pdf/about/history/] been around[/URL] for 15 years! This is great news for all areas of publishing, for Web developers and Web site admins, even operating system makers have reason to rejoice. While Adobe has been a great custodian of its portable format, starting with the introduction of PostScript in 1990, passing the torch to a standards body seems a logical next step toward its long-term preservation, which is chief among the ISO’s stated goals. The OSI …

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Last week [URL="http://www.adobe.com"]Adobe[/URL] surprised a few people—well, at least it surprised me--with the announcement that it was including [URL="http://www.alfresco.com/"]Alfresco[/URL] content management services as part of its LiveCycle Enterprise Suite Update 1 package. The surprise was two-fold, that Adobe felt it was necessary to add content management services at all and that it chose open source vendor Alfresco as its content management partner. I spoke to Alfresco CEO John Powell to get his perspective on the pact and how it can help push open source into the enterprise mainstream. Powell is understandably excited by this arrangement and one of the main …

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When I opened my mail box today and picked up this month’s [URL="http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=10395&page=1"]Streaming Media Magazine[/URL], [URL="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000325/"]David Caruso[/URL], aka Horatio Caine on [URL="http://www.cbs.com/primetime/csi_miami/"]CSI Miami[/URL], stared out at me from the cover in his trademark shades. Not exactly what you expect from a magazine aimed at video geeks, but apparently Caruso is more than an actor, he also has some ideas about how to transform media delivery and has teamed up with two streaming media industry heavy weights to form a new company called [URL="http://www.lexicondigital.tv/"]Lexicon[/URL] that has the lofty goal of changing streaming media as we know it. Caruso has joined forces …

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I laugh inside when Microsoft loses ground, even in the slightest way. It’s particularly sweet when Redmond loses to a company like Novell, which owned the LAN market it pioneered through the 1990s, only to have it ripped from its grasp by the totally inferior Windows NT. This week Novell’s Miguel de Icaza announced the first public (pre-beta) release of Moonlight, an open-source implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight browser plug-in for media streaming and running rich Internet applications. Both products would compete in the space now dominated by Adobe’s Flash Player. In my experience, anything having to do with media playback …

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Watch out Java; Adobe wants a bigger bite of your mobile-device market share pie. The company yesterday said it will drop its licensing fee for including its Flash Player on handhelds and unveiled alliances with some of world’s largest telecom carriers, content providers and chip and handset makers. It’s all part of the [URL=http://www.adobe.com/openscreenproject/]Open Screen Project[/URL], Adobe’s grand plan to provide a consistent platform and runtime for development across PCs, phones, mobile internet devices, televisions, set-top boxes and other platforms, according to a company [URL= http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200804/050108AdobeOSP.html]news release[/URL] published yesterday. Companies already on board include ARM, the BBC, Intel, Motorola, MTV, …

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