There was a time when web users were completely dependent on Adobe Flash. But now we have covered a long distance from those days. The dependability on Flash has reduced significantly with time as more advanced applications have taken its place.
Today, new security chief of Facebook, Alex Stamos, has finally gone to the extent of asking Adobe to declare an “end-of-life” date for Flash, its system accused of making hacking simpler due to the bugs it carries.
Google and Blackberry, which once found Flash vital for the web, has slowly shifted to other technologies. Security and facilitation of true standards were cited as the reasons for such shifts.
In 2010, Steve Jobs wrote a manifesto explaining the reasons Apple devices will never employ Adobe Flash. Jobs made it clear in his writing that Flash reduces security as well as reliability of even the most advanced devices like iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Following Jobs’ footstep, Stamos directly tweeted this weekend that Adobe should declare an end-of-life date for Flash and initiate “killbits” on web browsers so that Flash can shut off at once. According to him, this is the only logical way to get over the still existing dependencies on Flash and move to more secured technology such as HTML 5.
The recent incident of online leaks of files from a primary surveillance company by the Hacking Team pointed directly to the vulnerability of Flash against hacking attacks. In the last week alone, over 20 more issues with Flash were reported.
Flash has been actively fixing all these problems as soon as they are reported, but the string of bugs seems to be unending. Security blogger Graham Cluley wrote that Adobe can earn more respect from the web community by working towards the ultimate fix for Flash; that is, by ending it for good.
However, there is little chance that Adobe will pay heed to the increasing appeal to decide on an end-of-life date for Flash, particularly because there are still many websites that depend on such. Getting rid of Flash will also make Facebook more secured.