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Posted: Fri, 18th Apr 2008, 12:43pm

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Simon K Jones

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Apparently a rather large security hole has been identified in Flash, the Adobe tech used on websites to do all the cool interactive stuff and movies. It's highly recommended that everyone update to the latest version of Flash by heading over to the Adobe website.

More information can be found here and here.
Posted: Fri, 18th Apr 2008, 9:19pm

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Thanks, Tarn! You're my best friend.

+1 for that. razz

And I skimmed through the first link you gave, and... OK, fine, I read the first line. Well, it seems odd to me that somebody could take control over my computer just by me watching a video, but whatever. And to be honest, I don't see why anyone would want to take over my machine. Seriously, it'd be pointless as hell. (Oh noes! That guy's in Word! I want to stop him, lulz.)

Ah, well, at least now I'm protected and it's not like the installation took long. smile
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2008, 3:38am

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Done and done.

Thanks for the heads up!
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2008, 1:13pm

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Plainly wrote:

I don't see why anyone would want to take over my machine.
Unfortunately there is a lot of nefarious people out there that would like to take over your machine. Most spam is sent from the millions of hijacked machines, and the spammers are always on the look out for more machines to add to their collection. Lots of people are sending this spam from their machines and don't even realise it, which is why it's such a problem.

Spam isn't the only illegal activity people would want to use your machine for. You might find they're suddenly hosting illegal files or launching hacking attacks from your machine, and it'd all be traced back to you.

Then there's the people that want to steal your identity or credit card details. They'd install invisible programs that watch what you do and send any personal information back to the attacker.

So it really is worth making sure you're always up to date with the latest security patches.
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2008, 1:47pm

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This is why I use Flashblock
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2008, 2:25pm

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Flashblock is cool, I use it as well. But it won't protect you from this security issue. Firefox still loads the flash before flashblock changes it to the play button. It's so quick you normally don't notice, but it's not quick enough to stop the code running.
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2008, 5:31pm

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malone wrote:

Unfortunately there is a lot of nefarious people out there that would like to take over your machine. [and much more stuff that I'm not quoting cause my message would be way too long]
Thanks for that, I don't know why I didn't think about it. Quite an idiotic/naive moment from my part. unsure