Adobe’s Flash player technology has been taking a battering over the last few years, after Apple started not installing it on their new iOS devices, together with a number of security issues related to Adobe’s Flash Player. Now a number of developers are working with Adobe to sandbox its Flash Player to add extra protection for users.
Now Mozilla and their Firefox browser are now looking to join those developers and Adobe is currently working on a sandboxed Firefox version for Vista and Windows 7. Sandboxing technology has proven very effective in protecting users by increasing the cost and complexity of authoring effective exploits.
The new Firefox development builds on the release of its sandboxed Flash Player for Google’s Chrome browser launched over a year ago. Adobe has this week launched a public beta of their new Flash Player sandbox (aka “Protected Mode”) for the Firefox browser. Adobe explains:
“The design of this sandbox is similar to what Adobe delivered with Adobe Reader X Protected Mode and follows the same Practical Windows Sandboxing approach. Like the Adobe Reader X sandbox, Flash Player will establish a low integrity, highly restricted process that must communicate through a broker to limit its privileged activities.”