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Running 64-bit Linux? No Flash For You!

Jun 20, 2010, 16:16 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

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"A critical security flaw in Acrobat Reader 9.x and 10.x as reported by CVE can "allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (memory corruption)". According to an Adobe notice dated June 4: "There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat." The solution is to upgrade to Flash Player 10.1.

"Unfortunately, that is easier said than done for those of us who run a 64-bit Linux distribution. On Tuesday Slashdot reported that Adobe has, at least temporarily, ended support for Flash Player on 64-bit Linux. No updated version is available. Adobe's message for 64-bit Linux users, at least for now, is "No Flash for you!"

"Adobe explains the decision as follows:

"We have temporarily closed the Labs program of Flash Player 10 for 64-bit Linux, as we are making significant architectural changes to the 64-bit Linux Flash Player and additional security enhancements. We are fully committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop by providing native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player."

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