Still using Flash?

Steven M. Bellovin about the recent Flash issues that were fixed on Adobe’s end without the need of a Flash plugin update:

[..] code on a remote computer somewhere decides whether or not random web sites can spy on you. If someone changes that code, accidentally or deliberately, your own computer has just been turned into a bug, without any need for them to attack your machine.

From a technical perspective, it’s simply wrong for a design to outsource a critical access control decision to a third party. My computer should decide what sites can turn on my camera and microphone, not one of Adobe’s servers.