[CentOS] Firefox and Flash
liam.p.otoole at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 09:26:11 UTC 2016
On 2016-04-26, Alice Wonder
<alice at domblogger.net> wrote:
> On 04/26/2016 12:03 AM, Andreas Benzler wrote:
>> Hello every one I installed the official flash plugin from adobe
>> About Plugins tells me:
>> Datei: libflashplayer.so Pfad:
>> /usr/lib64/flash-plugin/libflashplayer.so Version: 126.96.36.1997
>> Status: Aktiviert (STATE_VULNERABLE_UPDATE_AVAILABLE) Shockwave
>> Flash 11.2 r202
>> But it is:
>> strings /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so | grep 616
>> FlashPlayer_11_2_202_616_FlashPlayer LNX 11,2,202,616 188.8.131.526
>> Any ideas?
> As far as I can tell Adobe stopped supporting flash on Linux and a
> deprecated vulnerable version is all that is available.
No, flash is still supported by Adobe on linux. Only security updates,
though. No new features. The last update was on 8 April.
> I would highly advice against using the flash plugin. Unfortunately
> advertising networks do not adequately vet flash based advertisements
> resulting in malware being distributed via flash on common websites we
> all visit, including news sites.
> Usually the malware targets Windows but there is some that targets Linux
> and will encrypt files on your system asking a ransom for the decryption
> Just say no to flash.
I agree with that sentiment. Sometimes, however, there are circumstances
in which you just can't say no.
> That's not what you asked, but that's what I advise.
In case anyone else has this problem, the issue seems to be that firefox
retains stale information about the plugin status. You can force a
refresh as follows:
1. Exit firefox
2. Uninstall flash-plugin
3. Start firefox, and exit again
4. Install flash-plugin
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