Posts Tagged ‘adobe’

Microsoft Publishes Long-Awaited February 2017 Flash Update KB4010250

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Better late than never, I guess …

Microsoft announced last week that it would not release security patches on February’s Patch Day. In fact, the February Patch Day was canceled completely by the company; a first in the Patch Day’s history. Microsoft revealed that it would delay the February Patch Day to the March Patch Day. This means that the February 2017 security patches will be released alongside the March 2017 patches by the company. This would not be a problem where it not for known unpatched security issues. A SMB security issue was revealed on February 3rd, 2017 that affects Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows Server.

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Warning – Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Installs Chrome Extension

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

There are few things that are more annoying than downloads that include additional software that I didn’t ask for.

When you install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe’s free PDF reader, you may notice that it installs a Chrome extension along with the update. Tip: Make sure you disable the offers on the download page to install True Key by Intel Security, and McAfee Security Scan Plus, as they will be installed alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader DC otherwise as well.

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After Ignoring Linux for Years, Adobe Releases Flash 24 for Linux

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

With so many Windows based browsers slowly stepping away from Flash, perhaps Adobe sees Linux as the one place where Flash could still thrive. But why have they waited so long to take action?

Adobe has just released the first final Adobe Flash Player stable release, Flash Player 24, for GNU/Linux in years. The company announced back in September 2016 that it would bring back Flash for Linux from the dead. This came as a surprise as it had ignored Linux for the most part when it comes to Flash.

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Flash Tops the Exploit Kits Chart in 2016 Again

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This is the reason why so many browsers and websites are abandoning Flash in favor of HTML5.

If you needed another reason not to use Flash anymore, a new security report by Recorded Future may convince you to consider this at the very least. The company analyzed 141 exploits kits that were available between November 16, 2015 and November 15, 2016. The main takeaway of the research study is that Adobe Flash vulnerabilities made up six of the top ten chart spots.

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Adobe Resurrects Flash for Linux from the Dead

Friday, September 9th, 2016

It’s somewhat strange that this took so long …

Adobe just announced that it made the decision to bring Flash for Linux up to sync with Flash for other operating systems. This means that Linux users will have access to the latest Flash releases just like users on other operating systems had for the past four years. While Linux users could use Google Chrome or a comparable browser that ships with its own Flash version, those on Firefox or other browsers had to rely on an old version of Flash, and some command line fu to get it to work.

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Speed up Edge by Disabling Flash

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Edge definitely runs relatively slow when compared to other browsers … but I’m not sure if disabling Flash is really a practical answer to that problem.

One of the annoyances of Microsoft Edge that I experience whenever I use the web browser is that it lags at times. This is noticeable for instance when websites are loaded from external sources but also at other occasions. When a website loads for instance, it lags until all content is loaded. The loading itself seems to take longer than when other browsers are used but I could never put my finger down on the cause for this as it only happens on some sites and not all of them.

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And the Product with the Most Distinct Vulnerabilities in 2015 is …

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The three manufacturers that lead this list are somewhat surprising.

Rarely a day goes by without news of another vulnerability hitting an operating system, software, device, or service on the web.  These reports have become part of everyone’s online life and all users can do is stay informed and close security issues as soon as companies make available patches for them to do so. While it is sometimes possible to mitigate vulnerabilities, often users are left with no other recourse but to wait for a company to release a patch. Sometimes, that patch is never produced.

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Adobe to Remove Direct Flash Download Links on January 22, 2016

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Starting next month, the task of getting your hands on a direct Flash download will become a little bit more difficult.

If you don’t use Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer but require Flash, you need to download and install a version of Flash on your system so that browsers that run on the device can pick it up. There are two ways to do that. You can visit the official download site, side-step the McAfee offer that is added automatically to the download unless you uncheck the option, to download a stub installer that requires an Internet connection during installation on the local system.

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Mozilla Blocks All Versions of Adobe Flash in Firefox

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Adobe Flash has always had security problems. Hopefully, Firefox’s actions will provide Adobe with a good reason to take care of those problems.

Mozilla has added all versions of Adobe Flash up to the most recent version 18.0.0.203 to the Firefox blocklist. Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in recent versions of Adobe Flash that have not been patched yet by Adobe but are exploited in the wild. In particular, several exploit kits are already making use of it to serve crypto-ransomware to systems running Adobe Flash.

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Fix Google Chrome: Adobe Reader is not Allowed when Loading PDF Documents

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I haven’t run into this problem myself, yet … but if it happens to you, here’s what to do …

If you are running the Google Chrome Canary web browser you may have stumbled upon a new inconvenience in the browser when you are trying to load pdf documents in it. Instead of displaying the contents of the document inline — that is in the browser’s tab — you are presented with the information that “Adobe Reader is not allowed”.

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