Mozilla Blocks All Versions of Flash in Firefox

Mozilla Blocks All Versions of Flash in Firefox

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Mozilla has blocked all current versions of Flash in its Firefox browser as of its latest update, according to Support Lead Mark Schmidt.

The developer tweeted the news last night:

BIG NEWS!! All versions of Flash are blocked by default in Firefox as of now.

However, Schmidt noted that this does not mean that Flash will be blocked by default going forward.

To be clear, Flash is only blocked until Adobe releases a version which isn't being actively exploited by publicly known vulnerabilities.

The news comes just as Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos called for an end-of-life date for Flash saying, "It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day".

Apple has long discouraged the use of Flash with Steve Jobs revealing that "We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash", in his 2010 Thoughts on Flash.

Here's what Adobe said about the latest vulnerabilities found in Flash:

Flash Player is one of the most ubiquitous and widely distributed pieces of software in the world, and as such, is a target of malicious hackers. We are actively working to improve Flash Player security, and as we did in this case, will work to quickly address issues when they are discovered. We continue to partner with browser vendors to both improve Flash Player security as well as invest in, contribute to and support more modern technologies such as HTML5 and JavaScript.

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Mozilla Blocks All Versions of Flash in Firefox
Anonymous - July 17, 2015 at 3:15pm
If Steve Jobs was still alive today, he would be the one laughing at people who said he is wrong about taking out flash
woz - July 17, 2015 at 3:19pm
He's laughing right before people's eyes.
Sona - July 15, 2015 at 1:14am
This is pretty much only solution for now. Since Hacking Team's data and exploits are hacked and shared to the public, its better off not to use any flash related work or browsing. Hopefully Abode comes up with the hotfixes fast. But afaik, its impossible to fix it unless they change the whole coding
NoGoodNick - July 14, 2015 at 11:02pm
I'm glad to see it go. There are few non-obnoxious Flash website. It's too 'cute' by half and a serious virus risk under any circumstances.
notoflash - July 14, 2015 at 10:10pm
but when Steve Jobs tried to push for no flash people just laughed....
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