Apple Forcing Users to Upgrade to Latest Adobe Flash Plug-In Due to Security Issues

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today posted an updated support document noting that it is now blocking older version of the Adobe's Flash Player plug-in due to a major security issue present in older versions.

    In a posting to its security mailing list, Apple notes that users must upgrade to the latest version of Flash Player if possible. For those users running systems incompatible with Flash Player 14, Adobe has made available a update that addresses the security issues.
    The high-priority update was released by Adobe on Tuesday to fix an issue disclosed in a proof-of-concept exploit by Google engineer Michele Spagnuolo. A number of major sites including Google, YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr were vulnerable to the issue, although they quickly addressed the issue on their ends. With Adobe's update to Flash Player itself, users will no longer be vulnerable as long as they update their plug-ins, a move Apple is now strongly encouraging by blocking all older versions of the plug-in.

    Article Link: Apple Forcing Users to Upgrade to Latest Adobe Flash Plug-In Due to Security Issues
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2013
    United States
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Does this mean theres flash 13 for PowerPC? A man can dream..
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
    Sure. I'll let everyone know that your willing to redesign their sites for free. I'm sure you'll be receiving calls shortly.
  5. macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2014
    I deleted tho...

    Apple should make their own flash... Adobe software spend too much of battery life and CPU.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Yeahhhhh I don't think that's how it works.

    Things are slowly moving to HTML5 though, so that's good
  7. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    They did, it's called HTML5 & JavaScript. :p
  8. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Not just websites, he's willing to rewrite all of those quick and easy flash games. He's a nice guy.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Personally, I cannot wait to see his port of! Bloody Flash; who needs it, anyway? What's it ever done for us besides revolutionize the way we consume content and share videos?
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2007
    Inside the Machine (Green Bay, WI)
    There—fixed it for you.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Apple should purchase adobe and obliterate their existence.
  12. macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    The block is for older versions of Flash in Safari, as it would have been helpful for the article to have pointed out. On other browsers on the Mac, who knows?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2013
    I haven't installed flash since 2011. Cant say I've missed it. Most video plays in HTML5 these days and anything else is just noisy, flashing, CPU hogging crap. If a website doesn't support no flash I skip it.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sharing content such as cartoons or adding low bandwidth animated vector content to pages is where Flash excels. It's video support is joke. It's nothing more than a pathetically unoptimised wrapper for existing codecs like H.264 that have GPU hardware acceleration without Flash. How it became the standard for Internet video is baffling. The first thing I do with any flash video is rip it with download helper and rewrap it as an mp4 with MP4tools.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2006
    What I don't like about flash updates are the pop up windows look like generic malware windows. I always update flash by going to adobes web site.
  16. macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
  17. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Thanks for that extra but of info, IJ.

    I'm glad that we are moving to open standards that can replace flash, albeit slowly. It arrived DOA on mobile, largely thanks to Apple's unwillingness to budge. However, on the desktop it's still a necessary evil for some, even though it's being used in ways for which there are superior technologies (I.e.: video playback).

    Personally, I run without the plugin, only using chrome when flash is required and safari the rest of the time.
  18. macrumors member


    May 2, 2010
    Perth, Australia
    I remember when Flash was a 768k (or there a bouts) stand-alone installer, it was good, it did most things that people wanted of it. There is a good reason Macromedia sold it, they could see its end just a few years down the track, its the buyer, Adobe, that flogging a dead horse...
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2007
    Vienna Austria Europe
    I downloaded something that resembles an update file. But the image's name and the URL sound suspicious for me. Are they legit/secure? Should I open the file?

  20. macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2013
    I've ditched Flash. Don't miss it at all. Less adverts too ;)
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2009
    Has there ever been a piece of software which had more security flaws or was a bigger malware magnet?

    Web site uses Flash? Go somewhere else. Eventually, site managers will learn or go out of business.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I deleted flash. Too many security alerts and UPDATE-NAOW warnings.

    Now I run chrome which has its own flash player, auto-updates itself, and seems to have better security. I also run ad-block and set chrome to click to run plugins, which helps a lot.
  23. macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    The only place I use Flash any more is on the BBC news website. I really can’t understand why they're still using it.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    Wow, I came here to say exact same thing lol
  25. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    I deleted flash the last time this issue came up. The only problem is that now on my Mac every website that uses flash tells me I have a missing plug-in. So I use my ipad instead. Does anyone know if there is a setting that I need to adjust so that safari on my Mac will work like safari on my ipad? Thank you. I feel silling asking, but it appreciate those that will be patient and kind.

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