In a recent update, Microsoft Edge has also blocked Adobe Flash Player content, joining the ranks of Google and Mozilla. The move is perceived to hasten the impending death of the Adobe Flash, which is a direct result of the player being hounded by security flaws and vulnerabilities. In the meantime, updates are being released to protect users from a virus or malware attack.
A security report compiled by Canadian communications and media company, Rogers Communications, showed that updates to and by Adobe are being delivered.
Adobe has recently delivered updates for 9 of its products – Animate, ColdFusion Builder, Digital Editions, DNG Converter, Experience Manager, Experience Manager Forms, Flash Player, InDesign, and RoboHelp.
Among the 9, it is the Adobe Flash Player that received the most updates, because 17 flaws have to be addressed. With one particular vulnerability being exploited in the wild, Adobe can’t afford to slack off and leave its users open for exploitation. Since Adobe Flash doesn’t have an automatic update mechanism, users are advised to download and install the latest version as soon as possible.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has released 6 critical updates for both the Edge and Internet Explorer browsers, which supported versions of Adobe Flash Player for Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 and higher. The update for Flash is designed to resolve vulnerabilities that can lead to remote code execution, a critical security flaw that allows an attacker to infect a machine and cause major damage.
Microsoft also released 6 other updates for two of its browsers that they rated as Important. They are designed to remove bugs that affect information disclosure and privilege elevation.
Microsoft isn’t the first company to block the bug-ridden Flash Player, and Google has already announced that HTML5 will become a default in Google Chrome. The death of the Flash Player is imminent. No doubt about it.