Last week, Apple has confirmed on its support page that it will start blocking once again the older version of Adobe Flash Player that is potentially vulnerable. In other words, any Safari users that have an older version of Adobe Flash Player will see a message that the player is out of date. In addition, they will also be prompted to download the latest version of Adobe Flash player.
We remind you that back on June 14, 2016, Adobe has issued a security advisory which has warned users that the current version of Flash player (that was available back then) could crash and allow an attacker to gain control of the computer). However, two days later, on June 2016, the company has resolved this issue by releasing a new version of Adobe Flash Player.
The Adobe Flash Player has been for a good amount of years one of the most necessary tools for web browsers. Unfortunately, the tool is losing ground against HTML5, which does the same things as the Adobe’s player, but it is more secure and bug-free. We’ve told you in some previous reports that the Adobe Flash Player is slowly dying and we are still pretty confident that, sometime in the near future, all browsers will stop supporting it.
Actually, this has already started and we will give you some examples below:
– Mozilla’s Firefox is now blocking any old (and potentially older vulnerable) version of Adobe’s Flash Player, but it still offers a “click to play” option that will force you to manually turn on the player;
– Microsoft Edge browser is now pausing any Flash content that is not in the center side of a web page;
– Google’s Chrome browser is blocking Flash content on almost all websites.
We think that Adobe made a big mistake by not improving its Flash Player’s security and now it is paying for this. The company is trying to fix a good amount of issues, but it is too late and we can clearly see that big companies are already ditching the Adobe Flash Player for HTML5.