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Mozilla blocking Flash
marymary100 - 14-7-2015 at 12:15

by default


Adobe's Flash software is now blocked by default on all versions of the Firefox web browser.
Mozilla, which develops Firefox, imposed the block because recently unearthed bugs in Flash were being actively used by cyber-thieves.
The bugs were detailed in a cache of documents stolen from security firm Hacking Team that was hit by attackers last week.
Adobe said it took Flash's security "seriously" and was planning bug fixes.
Flash is widely used on many websites for both multimedia and interactive elements.
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On its support pages, Mozilla said the block would remain until "Adobe releases an updated version to address known critical security issues".
Attackers were known to use vulnerabilities in Flash to install malicious software on computers and steal data, it added.
The vulnerabilities in the documents stolen from Hacking Team have been quickly added to so-called exploit kits which are used by many thieves when they craft campaigns that seek to take over victims' computers.

JackInCT - 14-7-2015 at 13:44

I got a Flash update yesterday (07/13), and today (07/14) I can view YouTube Videos. I'm not at all 100% positive but don't you need (as in a requirement) Flash to view YouTube?

I also checked my Firefox, and there was no update available (I'm running ver 39.0).

marymary100 - 14-7-2015 at 15:36

I had problems yesterday with Flash when using the Chrome browser.

Katzy - 14-7-2015 at 19:00

Knowing these problems, I tend to download the vids and convert them, to view them.

Bit of a pain, really. But, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do...

JackInCT - 15-7-2015 at 00:28

Originally posted by marymary100
Do you want me to delete any particular post?

YES, Please-two of them. My post about freemake (the google log in), and the Opps I stand corrected one.

And if it's feasible, point me in the direction (perhaps a KF sticky that exists on that subject) of when/who can delete a post to also include, perhaps, a comment whether a U2U might be a better way to contacting whoever has that authority.

marymary100 - 15-7-2015 at 06:41

Dreamweaver is the site owner and can do anything including "time outs" and bans.
Theravad is an admin who archives threads.
LSemmens and I have the ability to delete posts once you run out of time to do it yourself. I think you have about an hour to amend posts yourself which is why people in discussions often quote so that it is clear what they are replying to.

JackInCT - 15-7-2015 at 13:15

Originally posted by marymary100
Dreamweaver ......etc.

Thank you for your help, and for the info.

JackInCT - 15-7-2015 at 23:30

From CNET.com Download Weekly Published 07/15/15 (early evening local time via my email subscription to various CNET.com info emails).

Verbatim Quote: "Apple notoriously hates it. Firefox is currently blocking it, and Facebook is calling for its demise. Three zero-day vulnerabilities have been exposed in Adobe Flash in the past week, and the company has been speedily patching its vulnerable app. You should either update it right away or shut it down."

On my end, I'm getting in Flash windows from various sites that use it, a block of the Flash video, and a message in the window to update it.

Katzy - 16-7-2015 at 14:18

When Adobe bought-out Macromedia, an awful lot of us went... "Uh oh...".

Adobe=BLOAT and security holes. Always has.

waffler - 16-7-2015 at 15:47