Apple Once Again Blocks Older Versions of Adobe Flash Player Due to Vulnerability

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week Adobe issued a security advisory for Flash Player, indicating that version and earlier had a critical vulnerability that could potentially cause a crash and allow an attacker to take control of the infected system. Adobe issued a fix a couple days later.


    Apple today published a support document explaining that users with out-of-date versions of the Adobe Flash Player plug-ins will see a "Blocked plug-in," "Flash Security Alert," or "Flash out-of-date" message when attempting to view Flash content in Safari.

    Plug-ins like Adobe Flash Player have long been an issue for Apple, requiring forced updates and security fixes to patch vulnerabilities. When vulnerabilities arise, Apple has been consistent in blocking older versions of the web plug-ins. Apple is looking to reduce the risk of potential issues with macOS Sierra, in which Safari will deactivate Flash Player and other plug-ins by default in an effort to push the more modern HTML5.

    To continue using Flash, users must download the latest Adobe Flash Player update from Adobe's website.

    Article Link: Apple Once Again Blocks Older Versions of Adobe Flash Player Due to Vulnerability
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    It'll be a great day when Flash is shuttered...
  3. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2013
    Litovel, Czech Republic
  4. TMRJIJ, Jun 20, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2016

    TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Oh, for God's sake, everyone uninstall Flash now. Use Google Chrome for the small amount of noob sites that use it.
  5. canadianreader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2014
  6. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    For me, it is.

    Not installed, using Google Chrome for laggard sites.
  7. Glee217 macrumors member


    Jun 20, 2016
    Tntwatch req flash so is there another way around this?
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Strange, but even selecting "Allow Adobe to install updates" in the Flash System Preference pane does not result in automatic updates, or even a notification of an out of date version. I had version installed; the current version is and I was not notified that the install was out of date. Hmm.
  9. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    Ugh, I need Flash for my school software, I hope I'll be able to download it over school wifi tomorrow...
  10. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    I can't wait to see the Mac Pro end up on the vintage hardware list before it gets an update
  11. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    It could be that you did not get the new xprotect.

    It is supposed to update automatically but often doesn't. You can install it manually;

    For systems older than 10.11:

    For 10.11 or 10.12 :

    This is the software which blocks out of date flash - and java - and a whole heap of other nasties.
  12. MacLoverUK macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010

    Agreed. It's been more than 3 years since I stripped Adobe Flash from my Macs - won't have that trash on my computers.
  13. Ralf The Dog macrumors regular

    May 1, 2008
    It's not the sites themselves. It is the adds that run on the sites.

    Edited to say, Flash is not that bad, if you run it in a virtualized instance that has no access to the host OS... That and you have no other choice to run it... That and you burn your computer afterwords.
  14. one more macrumors 6502a

    one more

    Aug 6, 2015
  15. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    This **** has being going on forever.

    Eventually I joined the dark side and uninstalled Flash and whenever I need it, I just use Chrome.
    Chrome updates the Pepper plugin (Flash for Chrome-based browsers) automatically along with itself in the background.
    It's a real joy to finally stop worrying about your Flash install and just use it whenever necessary through a second browser.

    I still have Adobe Air on my Mac, although I don't even remember which of my applications need it as I have quite a lot of applications.

    I'd love to uninstall Air, but I don't even know whether this will uninstall the applications that are Air-based along with it or if I will just get a prompt to install Air when I try to launch them.
    Maybe they will fail to load and not tell me about Air and I'll be stuck wondering whether it's just a regular app crash or Air missing.
    Sure, googling would help me find out, but what I really want is a way to quickly see whatever app is on my Mac that needs Air.

    Is there a tool that could help me with that or a config file somewhere that mentions my Air applications?

    I'd love to finally be 100%-Adobe-free. (save for Pepper of course)

    Glassed Silver:mac
  16. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    Now if they would just block those annoying CNN videos that autoplay ...
  17. ike1707 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2009
    This is really the only way to go now.
  18. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2009
    This is why I use Chrome as a Flash Jail. I use Safari for all other browsing.
  19. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    That is supposed to happen automagically too. But the point is, I set my Flash update preferences to automatic, but to my knowledge, it has always required manual updating. Without getting into the tech politics, if this thing is going to be resident on my Macs, and be a recurring vulnerability, and I've told it to update itself, then that bloody well should happen.
  20. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Same for me, something is wrong here.
  21. darmr macrumors member


    May 26, 2014
    Thanks guys, good read. Flash now uninstalled :)
  22. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Going back to Safari also as well as Firefox/vivaldi.

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