You see, Flash has irritated, annoyed, frustrated our lives to such an extent, that even Facebook’s Head of Security, Alex Stamos openly urged Adobe “to announce the end-of-life date for Flash” and other browsers “to set killbits on the same day”. That is where Flash stands right now.
Mozilla was the first one to take up that advice seriously when it blocked Adobe’s Flash plugin by default in Forefox, due to the multiple security threats and holes found in Flash.
Adobe later released two updates to patch the remaining Flash Player vulnerabilities on Windows, Mac, and Linux for which users have to manually upgrade their version, which is no longer blocked by Firefox.
These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
the Adobe Security Bulletin said.
Although Adobe has launched a new version of Flash which is no longer blocked by Firefox, the rising opposition to Flash is not good news for Adobe. If blocking wasn’t enough, Mozilla’s support chief Mark Schmidt posted a rather harsh image showing a raised fist and the phrase “Occupy Flash” with his tweet announcing the blockage of Flash on Firefox.
For those who are not aware, Occupy Flash is an online movement (occupyflash.org) going on with the goal to get the world to uninstall the Flash Player plugin from their desktop browsers.
The flak against Flash has only intensified over past few days since the hacking of a popular Italian spying network called The Hacking Team which exposed a serious security threat in the Adobe Flash which could give hackers access to the system of user.
Though Adobe released a patch for it, but apparently it was not the only bug which led Stamos to openly come out against it.
Flash Has Had It Ever Since
Adobe’s Flash has had a thorny relationship with the tech community, ever since it surfaced on the web. Late Steve Jobs openly criticized it and justifyied its seclusion from Apple devices. Since the advent of HTML5, the woes of Flash have increase manifold with YouTube completely ending the support for Flash and Chrome coming up with a system of intelligent pausing of flash video ads during browsing to save memory and battery power.
Adobe itself killed Flash support for smartphones in 2011 moving towards HTML5.
And it is not for just for the sake of adopting new technology. Flash has been known for its miserable security system and can be called a Hacker’s Paradise due to various loopholes in its system which frequently make it prone to bug infestation.
Till few years back, Flash was widely used for viewing videos, gifs and games but now with all the opposition, security glitches and Adobe’s inability to come up with a stable and concrete solution, it certainly looks like Flash may soon be dead forever for the greater good.
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