Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities

Apple yesterday posted a new support document and sent an email to its security mailing list noting that it is now requiring all OS X users to upgrade to the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in for Safari to address potential security vulnerabilities.

The company is blocking all older versions Adobe Flash Player prior to 16.0.0.305, and users with an out-of-date version of the plug-in will see messages like "Blocked plug-in" or "Flash out-of-date" when attempting to view Flash content within Safari before updating to the newest version.

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For users who are on systems that are not able to run Flash Player 16, there is an update to Flash Player 13 (13.0.0.269) that addresses the latest vulnerabilities.
APPLE-SA-2015-02-05-1 OS X: Flash Player plug-in blocked

Due to security issues in older versions, Apple has updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all versions prior to Flash Player 16.0.0.305 and 13.0.0.269.
The 16.0.0.305 and 13.0.0.269 updates were released by Adobe on February 5 to fix a zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited by hackers against Windows machines.



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21 months ago
I can't wait until Flash finally goes away for good.
Rating: 36 Votes
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21 months ago

I think I updated Flash three times now in the last week. Such a clunky and annoying way of doing it.

It's incredibly annoying, I swear it asks about 10X per month to update and the whole process sucks. And it just nags you every time until you drop everything and do it (pretty much requiring you to close down every running app for every user account), or a bunch of web sites just stop working. And if you have 3 Macs like I do you go through it that many more times.

Die, Flash, DIE!!
Rating: 10 Votes
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21 months ago
Yup. Flash continues to suck.
Rating: 7 Votes
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21 months ago
GD I hate flash! Just die already.
Rating: 7 Votes
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21 months ago
I don't have flash installed any more!
Rating: 7 Votes
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21 months ago
I removed Adobe Flash & Reader off all the computers in the house yesterday. Felt good, like having clean closets.
Rating: 7 Votes
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21 months ago
Since I use html5 on youtube I have never needed flash for a good while now :D
Rating: 6 Votes
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21 months ago

Do we need *any* Flash player? I can't think of any site that I visit that still uses Flash.


I do occasionally use it. I don't have it installed on my mac. I just put safari in developer mode and use the developer menu to kick it over to chrome which has flash built in when I need to view a page containing flash. this way it's automatically updated and I don't even have to bother with it.

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21 months ago
I'm to the point now where when I see the "Flash Out of Date" message in place of what I'm trying to get to, I close the window and move on with my life.
Rating: 5 Votes
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21 months ago

First Apple force me to update to iOS 8, then Yosemite, now they are forcing me to upgrade to the latest Flash! when will it stop?


Probably because Flash is a vulnerable piece of crapware? Apple has no choice but to force an update (due to the previous version having security vulnerability) if users still insist on using it.

If Apple had not mandated an update, then the WHINERS would have cried and whined and blamed Apple for "allowing" Adobe Flash security hacks and problems to continue on Macs. And then the whiners would then summon the Greedy Lawyers to go after Apple. That's how it usually works.
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