Flash

Firefox Roadmap for Flash End-of-Life

In response to Adobe’s ‘Flash announcement‘ earlier today Mozilla has updated their published Firefox Roadmap for Flash End-of-Life: This morning, Adobe announced its roadmap to stop supporting Flash at the end of 2020. Working with Adobe and other browser vendors, Mozilla has prepared a roadmap for Flash support in Firefox, and guides for site authors to make their final transition away from Flash technology. By managing this transition carefully, announcing it years in advance, and providing options for transition, Mozilla will help make the web faster, safer, and better for everyone. via Mozilla Future Releases

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Adobe ADBE 149,78 +1,57 +1,06%  has announced they will no longer release updates for Flash at the end of 2020. Flash has been around since 1996, then a product of Macromedia until 2005 when Macromedia (and Flash) were acquired by Adobe. 20+ years later, Adobe has announced the end of Flash: Adobe, along with partners Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. Microsoft Corporation 74,05 -0,14 -0,19% , Alphabet Inc.’s Google  GOOGL 965,31 -3,72 -0,38% , Facebook Inc. Facebook, Inc. 165,61 +0,33 +0,20%  and Mozilla Corp., said support for Flash will ramp down across the internet in phases over the next three years….

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Earlier this year Oracle ORCL 51,17 0,00 0,00% announced starting with JDK 9 (eta September 2016), they will remove the plugin support. They are encouraging developers to move towards the plugin free Java Web Start technology. Oracle’s reasoning for this move has to do with more and more browsers removing support the 20+ year old Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plugin technology. GoogleGoogle Inc. 947,80 -2,90 -0,31% Chrome no longer supports NPAPI plugins such as Java and Silverlight. Google has partnered with Adobe ADBE 149,78 +1,57 +1,06% to include an integrated version of Flash within Chrome. The Windows 64-Bit version of Firefox also does…

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Third Hacking Team Flash Zero-Day Revealed

On Monday (July 13th), Trend Micro reported the now third bug (CVE-2015-5123) to Adobe’s Security Team.  This comes just as Adobe was getting ready to push out the update 18.0.0.209 which had addressed two Zero Day vulnerabilities discovered with verison 18.0.0.203 earlier. No word yet when Adobe is going to push out a patch for this vulnerability. via: Krebs on Security

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Adobe Flash is one of those browser plugins that a lot of people can not live without, with Java being a close second. Problem with Flash (and Java) is there are major security exploits that are being discovered daily. Adobe just release an updated for Flash last week and already has plans on releasing another update this week to patch an exploit just discovered in the last fix. Some people such as Grand Stream Dreams blogger Claus have opted to do away with Flash (and other Adobe products) on some their systems: Taking Flash Player out to the Bins. Unfortuantly,…

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