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
Adobe Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote ADBE this time. 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. Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote MSFT this time. , Alphabet Inc.’s Google Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote GOOGL this time. , Facebook Inc. Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote FB…
Earlier this year Oracle Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote ORCL this time. 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. GoogleUnfortunately, we could not get stock quote GOOG this time. Chrome no longer supports NPAPI plugins such as Java and Silverlight. Google has partnered with Adobe Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote ADBE this time….
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 184.108.40.206 which had addressed two Zero Day vulnerabilities discovered with verison 220.127.116.11 earlier. No word yet when Adobe is going to push out a patch for this vulnerability. via: Krebs on Security
Adobe is dealing with a a lot of problems in the past week with Flash. Things got a whole lot worse from them this week. On Monday night, Mozilla Blacklisted (disabled) in Firefox, Flash Player version 18.104.22.168 for all Firefox users. On Sunday, Facebook’s new Chief Security Officer took to Twitter and called for Adobe “announce an end-of-life date for Flash,” so that we can finally “disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem.” Adobe did release Flash Player version 22.214.171.124 earlier on Tuesaday morning. Source: Ars Technica
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,…