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What is the recommended action in response to Adobe's 6-4-10 security advisory for Flash Player?

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Adobe security advisory: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa10-01.html

"A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems..."

Is the Flashblock 1.5.13 addon capable of preventing this vulnerability? I hesitate to install this because of the recent poor user reviews.

Any suggestions or advice are appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi Bill. Flashblock will block Flash objects from running unless you explicitly allow them. I used to use Flashblock but I haven't in quite some time. So, yes, it will do the job. I only see one double-posted bad review for Flashblock. The average rating is still 5 stars.

Instead I use NoScript, which blocks Flash, other plugins, and all page scripts unless explicitly allowed by you. It might be overkill to deal with this vulnerability.

You could disable the Flash plugin until you are sure you are on a safe site that needs it, such as YouTube, in Tools -> Add-ons -> Plugins.

You could also try the pre-release of Flash 10.1, which, according to Adobe, does not seem to be vulnerable. Make sure to follow instructions to uninstall any previous Flash version before installing 10.1. I have been using it without problems for awhile.

You may be fine as long as you avoid unfamiliar sites. Once a malicious site is reported, Firefox will block it with the built in attack site and phishing site protection.

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Hi Bill. Flashblock will block Flash objects from running unless you explicitly allow them. I used to use Flashblock but I haven't in quite some time. So, yes, it will do the job. I only see one double-posted bad review for Flashblock. The average rating is still 5 stars.

Instead I use NoScript, which blocks Flash, other plugins, and all page scripts unless explicitly allowed by you. It might be overkill to deal with this vulnerability.

You could disable the Flash plugin until you are sure you are on a safe site that needs it, such as YouTube, in Tools -> Add-ons -> Plugins.

You could also try the pre-release of Flash 10.1, which, according to Adobe, does not seem to be vulnerable. Make sure to follow instructions to uninstall any previous Flash version before installing 10.1. I have been using it without problems for awhile.

You may be fine as long as you avoid unfamiliar sites. Once a malicious site is reported, Firefox will block it with the built in attack site and phishing site protection.