Mozilla blocks Flash by default on Firefox browser

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook calls for end to Flash as Firefox blocks it over hacking holes.

Mozilla has blocked all vulnerable versions of Adobe Flash in its Firefox browser after numerous critical security flaws were discovered in the platform.The head of Firefox support team at Mozilla, Mark Schmidt, tweeted a statement in which they promise to ‘occupy flash’ by preventing its use on their browser.”When Mozilla becomes aware of add-ons, plugins, or other third-party software that seriously compromises Firefox security, stability, or performance and meets certain criteria, the software may be blocked from general use,” it added (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/p946). “This latest wave of anti-Flash action might not kill it immediately, but it should at least mark the beginning of the end for the software,” The Verge said. When 400GB of security firm Hacking Team’s internal documents and product source code were leaked online, it revealed the three major Flash vulnerabilities.

Mozilla claim Abode need to fix certain bugs in their flash player, namely two ‘zero day flaws’ which critics claim make users more vulnerable online. While Firefox users will be able to access videos once they click through a warning, the block does mean any default flash videos (including adverts) will not be seen. Firefox users seeking to view Flash-based content, such as videos, adverts or more complex web tools for uploading images and other actions, will need to click again and accept a warning that “Flash is known to be vulnerable.

Mozilla has said that Flash will remain blocked until Adobe releases a version which is not being actively exploited by publicly known vulnerabilities. At the same time, Facebook’s head of security Alex Stamos, who is previously credited with significantly improving the security of Yahoo’s operations, called for Flash to be killed off. Stamos said that a date for the decommissioning of Flash needed to be set in stone so that the industry has time to switch away from the much maligned plugin. “Nobody takes the time to rewrite their tools and upgrade to HTML5 because they expect Flash to live forever.

The move towards using native HTML5 for the majority of Flash uses has been welcomed by most, although some services that require digital rights management to secure licences have resisted the move. Should Facebook ditch Flash wholesale, which is still used by some of the games and apps published on the social network by third-party publishers and a few of its own upload tools, it would send a powerful message.

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