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Engineers on Thursday patched a hole in Adobe's ubiquitous Flash Player that allowed website operators to silently eavesdrop on visitors' webcam and microphone feeds without permission. To be attacked, visitors needed to do no more than visit a malicious website and click on a handful of buttons like the ones in this live …

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a piece of mallware allows users to view media shock horror probe.

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coming soon to this comment sections:

PC people: Oh, look! Macs have a virus and are totally insecure! oh loook!

Apple people: No, No, no we're not, I mean, our macs are not. Windoze sucks!

etc.

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Steve must be spinning in his grave!

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Not Sic

> let along a SWF file

He actually said "let alone"

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Hopefully your webcam light would still go on, disabling that would be a real hack :)

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Huh?

I wanted to read the comments but only have the option to post?http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/unhappy_32.png

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I keep a piece of tape over my webcam when not using it.

People used to accuse me of being paraoid. Guess I'm having the last laugh now.

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Useless features

From day one I've wondered why Flash would ever need microphone or webcam access, and to this day I've yet to see a single legitimate use for it. Get rid of it if you can't secure it properly Adobe, sheesh. And while you're at it, take Javascript and other rubbish "active content" support out of your PDF reader...

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Provide the functionality, and someone will use it.

"From day one I've wondered why Flash would ever need microphone or webcam access."

At least one conference app (GVO Live) is written in Flash. It's pretty slick, too. YouTube uses it to record videos from a user's camera instead of making the user upload it.

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WTF?

Umm...

The Flash player settings manager keeps website and global privacy setting data for individual computers on Adobe servers?

Well, that's a little disconcerting, to say the least.

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Flash invariably fails to detect my webcam, even if I want it to.

So I guess I'm safe from this.

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any more proof required?

Just remove this junk from your computer and mobile devices...

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Hey El Reg - how about sorting out your comments system!

So we can actually flippin well see what people have posted without waiting a day!

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