Flash Is Reborn

You probably know a fair amount about Adobe Flash already. It’s the multimedia software platform used for all sorts of things – including animations, applications, mobile games and web browser video players.

But did you know that in July 2018, Adobe issued fixes for 112 vulnerabilities in several of its products, including Flash? Here at Blue Whale Media, the web development agency Manchester, we want to tell you more about this. So here’s a quick breakdown of what’s been fixed…

– 2 bugs in Flash Player
– 104 bugs in Acrobat and Reader
– 3 bugs in Experience Manager
– 3 bugs in Adobe Connect

Let’s Look At The Flash Problems?

For the purposes of this blog from our web development agency Manchester it’s best if we focus on the Flash issues. Adobe fixed two bugs in the Flash Player and the versions that suffered from these bugs are and earlier.

For those who want to explore these flaws in more detail, we can tell you that the bugs are known as “an arbitrary code execution bug” (which has the name CVE-2018-5007) and “an information disclosure out-of-bounds read bug” (which has the name CVE-2018-5008).

What Should You Do?

Here at our web development agency Manchester we’ve noticed that Adobe has urged users to update the version by utilising installation methods, such as visiting the Flash Player Download Centre.

There are definitely some major benefits to doing this. In fact, if you don’t you may be exposing yourself to security risks, which could affect some of the products that have had fixes.

Allan Liska, threat intelligence analyst at Recorded Future, told the website Threatpost: “There are a number of different vulnerabilities that allow for remote code execution and one vulnerability that allows for privilege escalation.”

These vulnerabilities mean that a malicious JavaScript can be embedded inside an Adobe Acrobat file, for instance. So when the file is opened the JavaScript executes a command or downloads a loader.

“If an attacker combines both the remote code execution and the privilege escalation then the command can be run as administrator, and give the attacker full control over the victim’s machine.”

What’s Next For Adobe Flash?

At our web development agency Manchester we feel it’s worth mentioning that Adobe plans to end support for Adobe Flash by 2020. This will effectively mean no more updates – plus Facebook will end its Flash games by the same year. Facebook is also suggesting to developers that they should change to another format.

According to estimated figures from Google, it’s thought that around 17 percent of all websites utilise Flash. But programmers and designers are now encouraged to switch to other formats, such as HTML5 and Web GL.

Contact our web development agency Manchester

To sum up, Flash has been reborn for the moment, but its demise is not too far off in the future. For all the latest news and views about the best practice in web design, contact our agency today. We’re experts in creating high-functioning websites that can meet all your business requirements.

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