Today Adobe Flash Player reached the end of life (EOL)

Pierluigi Paganini January 01, 2021

Today Adobe Flash Player has reached its end of life (EOL), its vulnerabilities were exploited by multiple threat actors in attacks in the wild over the years.

Adobe Flash Player has reached the end of life (EOL) today, over the years, threat actors have exploited multiple vulnerabilities in the popular software.

Adobe will no longer release updates for its Flash Player and web browsers will not offer the support for the Adobe Flash Plugin.

“Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.” states the announcement published by Adobe. “Some users may continue to see reminders from Adobe to uninstall Flash Player from their system.  See below for more details on how to uninstall Flash Player.”

In July 2017, AppleFacebookGoogleMicrosoft, and Mozilla, and Adobe announced the end of the support for Flash Media Player by the end of 2020.

The software was considered not secure and new software with better performance, such as HTML5, is used by web developers for their projects.

In the past days, Adobe started displaying alerts on Windows systems urging its users to “immediately” remove Flash Player from their systems.

Starting from today it will not possible to download the Adobe software. Experts recommend avoiding to download the software from third-party websites.

To remove Flash Player from your computer click “Uninstall” when prompted by Adobe in Flash Player.

Microsoft released the KB4577586 optional update to remove Windows ActiveX versions of Flash Player.

Microsoft will also remove all Flash-related downloadable resources from all its download platforms after Flash reaches its end of life tomorrow.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Flash Player)

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