Adobe’s Flash Player gets yet another emergency update

“Adobe has urged users of its Flash Player plug-in to install an update to protect themselves against the risk of hackers hijacking their PCs,” BBC News reports. “It cited a “critical vulnerability” in older versions and said it had become aware of reports that cybercriminals had worked out a way to exploit it.”

“A new version of the multimedia player has been made available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux computers,” The Beeb reports. “This is the latest in a series of setbacks for the company.”

“The California-based software maker acknowledged that usernames and encrypted passwords had been stolen from about 38 million of its active account holders last year. And Flash vulnerability alerts frequently appear on security firms’warning lists,” The Beeb reports. “Apple is now blocking the use of older versions of Flash on its Safari web browser. The firm introduced a ‘sandbox’ feature to its Mavericks operating system in October that stops the Flash plug-in from running automatically. Users must first give it permission to activate and Apple can also disable the software remotely.”

“Although many websites still use Flash to provide videos, graphics, games and other content, large numbers of developers have switched to using the web language HTML 5 to create such effects,” The Beeb reports. “This has been spurred on by the fact that Flash is not supported on Apple’s iOS platform and has been pulled from Google’s Android Play store.”

Read more in the full article here.

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15 Comments

  1. Well, that explains the “blocked plug-in” message I got when I visited YouTube with Safari before. I had on multiple occasions been prompted by Flash to download an update, but this was the first time that Safari wouldn’t let me use the plug-in before I updated it.

    Why the hell is Flash still the go-to software for distributing streaming video, anyway? Wasn’t HTML5 supposed to have taken over by now? I’m really surprised that YouTube is still stuck on Flash, considering that they had been experimenting with an HTML5 player, which I used to use.

    ——RM

    1. HTML5 doesn’t let Youtube (google) insert ads before and during the video. Download the Youtube5 Safari extension and see how much cleaner the experience is.

      (There’ll still be a few videos on Youtube which force Flash because of DRM or other commercial reasons. I either fire up Chrome to watch those or don’t bother watching at all).

  2. Shantanu Narayen has proven to be a terrible CEO. Under his leadership (and I use the term loosely) Adobe 1) continued to push Flash even as it became apparent to everyone (including Steve Jobs in his famous Thoughts on Flash) that the software was not workable on mobile, 2) made the Creative Suite more and more expensive to the frustration of many once loyal users, remain in reactive mode regarding Flash security instead of attempting to nip the who thing in the bud by rewriting the code from the ground up or moving exclusively to HTML.

  3. I got the “blocked” message from Safari when I tried to create a link to a file in my DropBox account. I didn’t realize before then that DropBox was using Flash for anything. Highly disappointing–I otherwise like DropBox.

  4. I leave the Flash Player plug-in turned off when using my default Safari browser. I’m on a MacBook and hate it when the fan spins up to a howell because Flash using using 68% processor cycles to give me idiotic animated ads.

    For those occasions where I need Flash (often to look at a video on CNN), I just launch Google Chrome, which has Flash built-in (not an add-on). Watch the video. Quit Chrome. Go back to Safari. Quite Mac. No worries.

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