Rumors have spread around that the most popular runtime client, the Adobe Flash Player, will be taken down from the web soon and will no longer be available for download. The reason behind this, they say, is that the player has many security bugs, which the company has been trying to resolve to keep the player on the market by constantly releasing updates. In fact, a new update has been rolled out for the Adobe Flash Player to bring these critical bug fixes that are affecting a subset of Flash gaming content.
The update will download on Windows PC automatically by choosing the automatic update option “Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)”, but you can also download it from the official website of Flash Player. The runtime helps your browser to display rich web content on your computer, as well as provides accelerated graphics rendering, content protection, high-resolution bitmap support, audio compression and more. All in all, the update fixes around 18 important vulnerabilities, including those that that could be used for code execution and targeted attacks. It is also found that heap overflow vulnerabilities could lead to code execution, and there were also memory corruption vulnerabilities, all of which security bugs have been fixed in Flash Player’s latest version. This means that it would be best to download this update as soon as possible.
In related news, Adobe has announced plans to rebrand their Flash Professional CC software to Animate CC. This is part of their round of November Creative Cloud updates in order to acknowledge a growing shift away from Flash. As Adobe says, “This is more than rebranding; it’s a big step towards shoring up Adobe’s place as a mainstream HTML5 content creator. It’s also an important step on the path to Flash’s inevitable demise.”
Though the move was under serious criticism by content creators, Adobe justified that the name change is to address the issue where over a third of content created in Flash Professional is not in Flash format, and is instead using HTML5, which is an open standard having many similar capabilities as Flash and being believed to be its successor. Thus, the company states that the name change will more-accurately represent its position as the main animation tool for the web. Basically, it is a smart move for Adobe and a great way to keep their web development base during Flash’s long road into obscurity.
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