Adobe issues second emergency patch for Flash Player this month

By Shawn Knight
Feb 20, 2014
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  1. Adobe has released a critical security update for its Flash Player plug-in for Windows, Mac and Linux - the second in less than three weeks. The update addresses a zero-day exploit first uncovered by security firm FireEye a week ago...

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  2. What an antiquated format. when will it finally rollover,die and let html5 take its rightful crown?
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,224   +207

    Heck with flash, bloody resource hog :3
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,414   +301

    Unfortunately html5 is not ready to replace it.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    eh. Perhaps that is the wrong way to look at it, I'm sure there are some games and such that flash can do better than html5. Flash certainly does ads well.

    I think a lot of the support for Flash to stick around is from people who make money off of writing things in Flash, so there is a lot of resistance from them because, well that is where they make money, and its easier to keep doing that than learn something else. Flash is such a POS from a security, stability and optimization standpoint.

    You are right that html5 isn't ready to replace it (I guess), but that isn't because flash can't be replaced, its because there is no real motivation for people that make money off of their Flash products to change. The consumers are the only ones that can speed up this change, and that isn't happening.

    The real problem is: Consumers aren't demanding Flash cease being used. We see how html5 is now offered on almost every video site either completely or as an alternative to flash (esp for mobile devices), so the industry can change (video sites are the main example) if there is demand. That demand occurred by Apple not allowing Flash on iOS, there just is no backing from the general user base on non mobile devices (computers).
  6. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,414   +301

    The video formats issue is still around. Browsers don't all run a known set of video formats specified in the HTML5 standard. It's dragging on way too long...
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,073   +340

    Tell it's not ready to IPV4 :p

    That's also becoming a joke.
  8. havok585

    havok585 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +19

    Html5 still is an infant compared to flash, why do u guys even bother to mention html5 at this stage ... just boggles the mind.
  9. @Darth Shiv: AFAIK the problem is that there is no specified format in the first place: they had Theora+Ogg at the beginning, later decided not to specify the codecs in the standard, but to leave it to the web pages.
  10. Flash sucks ***.
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,414   +301

    Yes they have been "negotiating" on a "required" codec for HTML5 compliance. There has been no concensus so there is no required codec which makes it impossible to have a website that outputs a single video format and for all HTML5 browsers to support it.

    I.e. the HTML5 standard is rubbish for video support and flash has far greater support so it won't die just yet...

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