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Android Security Unaffected by Adobe Dropping Flash

By: Antone Gonsalves, PC World

Adobe's decision to stop developing a Flash Player for Android won't reduce the security risks posed by Google's mobile operating system, one security expert says.

Adobe announced Thursday that it would not provide a version of Flash for Android 4.1, dubbed Jelly Bean, or any updates thereafter. Google introduced version 4.1 this week at its I/O conference in San Francisco. The OS will be available in July.

The Flash Player has never posed much of a security risk, because hackers have not used it as a pathway to Android. "There hasn't been a piece of malware using the Flash Player technology as a vector," Tim Armstrong, malware researcher for Kaspersky Lab, said.

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