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Adobe releases a 64-bit Flash Player 11 beta

Bumps up security in the face of Microsoft's claims
Thu Jul 14 2011, 14:57

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe has released a public beta for its Flash Player 11 that brings 64-bit support to Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Adobe's Flash Player 11 beta is the first to offer across the board 64-bit support on all major operating systems and brings with it major changes in the way that 3D graphics are rendered, with the new Stage 3D API. Adobe has even had time to introduce new security features that it hopes will stand it in good stead as WebGL takes off.

Following on from Microsoft's claims that WebGL could bring a whole new era of insecurity, Adobe put considerable effort into addressing potential security vulnerabilities. The outfit said one of its primary design goals was to "ensure Stage 3D will run great on mobile devices without compromising security".

In order for Adobe to do this the firm claims it only "exposes a specific set of GPU features" and that makes Flash Player more secure. Going further, Adobe says it has added restrictions such as limiting the number of calls per frame to mitigate the effects of denial of service attacks. And this being Adobe, it even designed its own proprietary shader language that does not allow for loops or functions inside shaders.

At present Adobe has released its Flash Player 11 beta only for desktop operating systems, but said that it is hard at work on releasing Flash Player 11 for mobile operating systems, meaning Google's Android, HP's WebOS and perhaps Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, but probably not Apple's IOS.

Adobe did not mention when Flash Player 11 will see its final release, though it urged developers to check that their existing content was compatible with the latest version. µ


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