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Topic: Flash

Adobe issues Flash updates to deal with 'critical' security holes

10/12/2016, 12:10 pm

Adobe has issued a new set of security updates for its Flash Player plugin, dealing with serious vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to take control of a targeted computer.


Chrome 53 will begin phase-out of Adobe Flash, Google says

08/09/2016, 03:08 pm

A promised wind-down of Flash support in Chrome will start with Chrome 53, releasing next month, Google announced on Tuesday.


Mozilla Firefox browser to block 'not essential' Adobe Flash content

07/21/2016, 12:07 pm

Blocking unnecessary Flash content loading in the Firefox browser will lead to improved battery life, faster web page loads, and greater user security, according to developer Mozilla. And the block starting in August is only the beginning.


Safari 10 will prefer HTML5, require manual activations of plugins like Flash & Java

06/14/2016, 04:06 pm

Continuing Apple's deprication of third-party plugins, Safari 10 -- bundled with macOS Sierra -- will by default require users to manually activate Flash, Java, Silverlight, or QuickTime to use one of them on a website.


Google to ban Adobe Flash-based display ads, go 100% HTML5

02/10/2016, 08:02 am

Google's massive AdWords network will no longer accept new display ads made in Adobe Flash as of June 30, the search giant announced this week, as it works to phase out the much maligned Internet plugin.


Apple blocks old, unsafe Adobe Flash plug-in versions in OS X Safari

10/20/2015, 07:10 pm

Following the discovery -- and subsequent fix -- of yet another critical Adobe Flash vulnerability last week, Apple activated its Web plug-in blocking capability for OS X Safari to protect Mac users from what Adobe describes as "limited, targeted attacks."


Adobe identifies major Flash Player vulnerability, says exploit being used in real-world attacks

10/15/2015, 01:10 pm

Adobe has discovered a "critical" vulnerability affecting many recent versions of Flash Player, according to a new security bulletin, which warns that the exploit is already in use by hackers.


Flabbergastingly insecure: Google's Android is the new Flash

07/31/2015, 03:07 pm

Several years ago, Steve Jobs called out Adobe Flash as a trainwreck of security and performance problems, garnering him contempt from industry players deeply invested in the software platform. Today, Google's Android platform is getting same brutal appraisal, but it's coming from Android's own fans.


Mozilla adds every version of Flash to default Firefox blocklist

07/14/2015, 01:07 pm

Firefox users awoke Tuesday to an update that blocks every version of Adobe's Flash Player from running in the popular open-source browser, a victory for information security efforts following the unprecedented disclosure of numerous critical Flash vulnerabilities.


It's time to uninstall Adobe's Flash from your Mac - here's how

07/13/2015, 09:07 am

The recent tidal wave of critical vulnerabilities in Adobe's Flash Player has prompted many security professionals to call for the much-maligned software's demise, and we agree. AppleInsider shows you how to uninstall Flash from your Mac, and what to do if you can't live without it.


Flash Player update closes vulnerability identified by Hacking Team

07/08/2015, 05:07 pm

Adobe on Wednesday updated Flash Player to fix a number of security vulnerabilities, including one in the hands of Hacking Team, a company that infamously sold snooping tools and services to government agencies around the world -- potentially including harsh authoritarian regimes.


Adobe addresses new 'actively exploited' critical vulnerability in Flash, users urged to update

06/24/2015, 09:06 am

Yet another severe flaw in Adobe's much-maligned Flash Player has been discovered and is being "actively exploited," the company said on Tuesday, and users with Flash installed are being urged to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.


YouTube pushes Flash to the back burner, will now default to HTML5 player

01/27/2015, 03:01 pm

Nearly five years after Steve Jobs published his infamous "Thoughts on Flash," streaming video service YouTube has announced plans to migrate away from the technology as users accessing the site via Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and beta versions of Firefox will now be served the HTML5 video player by default.


Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in Flash, exploits already in the wild

01/25/2015, 04:01 am

Adobe on Saturday released an updated version of its Flash player software that patches an undisclosed vulnerability which could allow remote attackers to take control of Macs or PCs, urging users to update as the problem is being actively exploited by malicious actors.


Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of bugs as Google shrugs off security flaws for 60% of its installed base

01/13/2015, 06:01 pm

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.


New Android 'Fake ID' flaw empowers stealthy new class of super-malware

07/29/2014, 08:07 am

A new Android design error discovered by Bluebox Security allows malicious apps to grab extensive control over a user's device without asking for any special permissions at installation. The problem affects virtually all Android phones sold since 2010.


Google now warns iPhone users when search results contain Adobe Flash

07/15/2014, 01:07 pm

Search giant Google added another board to Flash's coffin on Tuesday with the announcement that it would warn users searching from mobile devices -- like Apple's iPhone or Android handsets -- when the contents of a search result were "mostly Flash."


Apple blocks older Flash plug-in versions in Safari due to vulnerability

07/11/2014, 12:07 am

Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.


Flash flaw could allow attackers to steal browser data on Macs, Adobe issues fix

07/09/2014, 08:07 am

A well-known vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data -- including cookies -- on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited for the first time, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible.


New Flash flaw could let attackers control Macs, Adobe urges users to update

04/28/2014, 12:04 pm

Adobe on Monday disclosed a new vulnerability in its Flash platform that may allow attackers to remotely take over and control Macs, PCs, and Linux machines and advised users to update their system as quickly as possible.