Things That Make You Go “Hmmm” From Adobe

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
 
Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2016-7892 exists in the wild, and is being used in limited, targeted attacks against users running Internet Explorer (32-bit) on Windows.”
 
See Adobe Security Bulletin
GNU/Linux has long been in second place when it comes to support from Adobe. Flashplugin is my key point of pain. I guess it got to Adobe too, because now GNU/Linux has the same version as That Other OS. About time, at least until FLASH dies a painful death. Folk have tended to use Google’s Chrome browser because Google coded in their own player. I’ve always preferred FireFox. Now I won’t have to switch to play some awful Flash…
update-flashplugin-nonfree –status
Flash Player version installed on this system : 24.0.0.186
Flash Player version available on upstream site: 24.0.0.186

UPDATE: See also Adobe Finally Releases Flash Player 24 for GNU/Linux Systems, Download Now

About Robert Pogson

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11 Responses to Things That Make You Go “Hmmm” From Adobe

  1. kurkosdr says:

    solved most grievances such as accessing microphones, location and webcams and the like = solved most grievances such as accessing gpu acceleration, microphones, location and webcams and the like.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    HTML5+JS+CSS3+WebGL = HTML5+JS+WebGL

  3. kurkosdr says:

    No, Kurks. It doesn’t. Flash is actually an external, binary framework, that works on your computer. Sandboxed as it can be, it has much more potential to reach for your hardware and make a proper use of it.

    Most javascript “interpreters” today in browwsers either compile or JIT their javascript code. Even if there is some minor overhead for JIT-ing the javascript, the benefits of not being dependent on an old plugin outweigh that. And HTML5+JS+CSS3+WebGL solved most grievances such as accessing microphones, location and webcams and the like. They even put multi-threaded support inside with “workers”. Then there is asm.js if you don’t like javascript.

    Essentially, HTML5+JS+CSS3+WebGL became an open variant of Flash (though WebGL is more Shockwave).

    With the exception of DRMed videos (there is widevyne for that, not Flash), there is no real case Flash is better. The only benefit of Flash was for the user, aka that the interactive elements where confined in boxes instead of being all over the page. But most web designers like the latter anyway.

  4. Deaf Spy says:

    Javascript does the same

    No, Kurks. It doesn’t. Flash is actually an external, binary framework, that works on your computer. Sandboxed as it can be, it has much more potential to reach for your hardware and make a proper use of it.

  5. Deaf Spy wrote, “If Robert were a true proponent of Freedom, and Free Choice, he would support Flash.”

    Flash has been an unnecessary burden on my freedom to browse the Internet for many years. Die, Flash!

  6. kurkosdr says:

    Actually, there is one single problem with Flash, but it is a deadly one. It is the very same reason that Silverlight died, too. Flash (and Silverlight) provides a way to circumvent the proprietary stores of the Big Three: Apple, Google, Microsoft. That is the reason why mobile devices don’t support flash properly and the Big Three want Flash dead.

    Javascript does the same. It animates textures and text just like ActionScript does. And then there is WebGL. With the added benefit there are multiple competing implementations of Javascript, with each vendor trying to be the best and fastest, instead of having essentially a single company trying to keep old Macromedia code from the 90s alive.

  7. Deaf Spy says:

    Actually, there is one single problem with Flash, but it is a deadly one. It is the very same reason that Silverlight died, too. Flash (and Silverlight) provides a way to circumvent the proprietary stores of the Big Three: Apple, Google, Microsoft. That is the reason why mobile devices don’t support flash properly and the Big Three want Flash dead.

    Now, we have an interesting situation. If Robert were a true proponent of Freedom, and Free Choice, he would support Flash.

  8. kurkosdr says:

    What’s “Flash”?

    Adobe Flash Player plugin that is used to parse .swf objects. The pestilence of the web (according to the HTML5 fans) and the standard-issue excuse of the Desktop Linux guys for the fact the linux kernel/X.org/PulseAudio hackjob they so much adore sucks at multimedia and graphics tasks done on a browser as much as it does on the desktop.

    But if you find the correct combination of X.org and GPU drivers (I think we all know how it continues from here…)

  9. ram says:

    What’s “Flash”?

  10. kurkosdr says:

    Anyhoo, now that Flash is dead for good and the web is all open standards, and hence there is no evil Adobe to prioritize the windows version of the Flash plugin over the desktop linux one, I expect Chrome and Firefox to perform the same on Desktop Linux as they do on Windows, particularly when it comes to WebGL and other graphics/media stuff, without the user having to poke around OS settings and manually install drivers after installation. Right? Right?

  11. kurkosdr says:

    About time, at least until FLASH dies a painful death.

    As Jesse from Breaking Bad would say (1): So, you plan to, uh, see Flash die a painful death, like…future tense?

    I wouldn’t even be bothered to install Flash on Firefox if I had to set up a new box today, while at the same time Chrome and Edge have made it click to play and have whitelisted it only for a couple of stubborn websites. We are talking about a coronel-confirmed brain death here. Okay, some body cells may be still technically alive, much like the case of the Java SE browser plugin, or a spider’s leg still moving after you have whacked it with your shoe, but the organism itself is dead for good.

    —-

    I -for once- liked the idea behind Flash, aka putting your heavily script-animated graphics in one box which can be easily minimized/maximized at will and be made click-to-play, compared to javascript-animated content, where essentially the whole webpage is animated. Most fancy webpages today are essentially one giant swf (aka script-animated content), with JS simply having replaced Actionscript. Web devs would whine about Flash being battery inefficient, yet their heavily JS-aminated websites are not significantly less battery-draining.

    Flash’s problem was that, not only Adobe wouldn’t let go of the format (aka make it an open standard so it can be easily implemented by different browsers, competing with each other for the best implementation) and instead chose to keep it private, but they also chose to keep Macromedia’s 90s-vintage code forever, instead of doing the sane thing to do, aka extract the ActionScript specs (and the specs for the media formats inside swf) and create a brand new plugin. However, I still think that the idea behind Flash was solid.

    (1): https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad#Grilled_.5B2.02.5D

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