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That's bad... I mean, putting notifications, fair enough, introducing a banner saying that it will be discontinued, fair enough, but removing the whole archive and putting a time-bomb inside an executable?! I mean, c'mon... I know that they're doing it for security concerns, but honestly, they shouldn't take such an extreme measure, 'cause perhaps I'm not on a machine connected to internet, perhaps I wanna run .swf files locally... Adobe shouldn't artificially block Flash, it should be up to the users, really...

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11 hours ago, Dr. Drill said:

All versions (of) Adobe Flash Player newer (than) 32.0.0.371 contain (a) time-bomb

... If you have upgraded past 32.0.0.371 (as I expect most have already), simply uninstalling the newer version and running a backed-up version of the 32.0.0.371 installer won't cut it :realmad:

Adobe, since long ago, have taken extra measures to hinder you from easily downgrading AFP; you have to first uninstall a current version with their special Uninstaller tool: that tool also gets updated with each new AFP release and can uninstall the current version of Flash as well as all preceding ones; but it can't uninstall a fresher AFP version than its own!

https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html

(BTW, they have removed the check that was present after Flash Player information :angry:; you get:

Issue
Flash Player installation was not successful.

FWIW, version checks still exist on
https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/about/  )

https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html#main_Download_the_Adobe_Flash_Player_uninstaller

Permalink to the executable:

https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe

(currently at version 32.0.0.403) :P

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6 hours ago, Sampei.Nihira said:

It might be interesting to do some tests with Lightspark:

 

https://lightspark.github.io/

 

Well

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Lightspark is still in alpha state, it currently implements around 76% of the Flash APIs

Better than nothing, I guess... Perhaps someone will come up with a registry "defuse" for the Adobe "time bomb" to use on the official installer...

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Flash 32.0.0.414 is out!

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I made the mistake of updating Flash and then arching the offline installer, thinking it would simply work in the future. I had no idea they stooped so low as to actually timebomb it, and simultaneously nuke the archive.

After some brutal digging, I found offline copies of older versions. There's an NPAPI compliant installer of version 27 that works with Firefox and Pale Moon on Internet Archive. It's at version 27.0.0.170. It isn't very clearly labelled, but it shouldn't be hard to locate searching Internet Archive. I'd link it but rules expressly prohibit distributing software outside official vendor source.

I used Adobe's uninstaller tool before installing that version. The Cent Browser website also hosts a PPAPI offline installer for Chromium browsers too. 29.0.0.171 and 32.0.0.363.

Thanks @VistaLover for the instructions and advisory ;)

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On 7/28/2020 at 8:27 PM, VistaLover said:

... Actually, at the time of this writing, DIRECT links from Adobe STILL work, if you know beforehand the correct filename for the .ZIP file:


https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp_32.0.0.371_archive.zip

Surely, that won't last for long... :dubbio:

... Do I get extra points for prophesying:P
Try the above Direct Link now and you'll get the door slammed at your face :angry: :realmad: :

Access Denied
You don't have permission to access "http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp_32.0.0.371_archive.zip" on this server.
Reference #18.c46656b8.1600036305.1ef6b01c

 

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Yeah I didn't act quickly enough, I only discovered the thread about 2 days ago. As such my best archive is a version 27 build, and even that was a b***h and a half to track down. I've always loathed Adobe since CC and the discontinuation of Fw, but I never expected this level of aggression toward the user.

This is on a another level :realmad:

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4 hours ago, docR said:

After some brutal digging, I found offline copies of older versions. There's an NPAPI compliant installer of version 27 that works with Firefox and Pale Moon on Internet Archive. It's at version 27.0.0.170.

19 minutes ago, docR said:

As such my best archive is a version 27 build, and even that was a b***h and a half to track down.

... Well, fortunately things aren't yet as dire as you pictured them :P , all thanks to web.archive.org :cheerleader:

The URL https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html has been captured 187 times in total, the last time "valuable" content was still in was on July 18th 2020 (https://web.archive.org/web/20200718192527/*)

The last version of Adobe Flash Player without the 2021 timebomb was/is 32.0.0.371; WAO have actually captured the following URI 

https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp_32.0.0.371_archive.zip

5 times, last one was on June 30th, 2020 (https://web.archive.org/web/20200630185943/*) :) ; the zip archive itself is at 388 MiB, so it'll take a while to come down from WAO... It contains all possible flavours of installers/packages, no need to search further... 

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40 minutes ago, docR said:

I didn't act quickly enough

Don't make that mistake again... :whistle:

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I owe you a drink. It honestly hadn't crossed my mind to try Wayback Machine, for some reason I recalled there being an anti crawl script on Adobe's websites. Saving the entire archive of 32.0.0.371 now :cheerleader:

Many thanks

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Thanks VistaLover ... I searched around for version 32.0.0.371 since all this flash information was first posted and found nothing. I wasn't sure if I really would need it in the future but it can't hurt to have a copy saved. A big download for the three files I needed but it didn't take long to download.

Wayback Machine comes through again ... I have to spend more time there.

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Off-topic:
 

16 hours ago, Monroe said:

Wayback Machine comes through again ... I have to spend more time there.

Well, people like you and me need to "spend" ;) there, period:

https://archive.org/donate/

(I have donated twice in the past... :yes: )

On-topic:

As a friendly reminder, Adobe Flash player v32.0.0.171 has publicly disclosed security vulnerabilities, which have been patched in later versions; as long as the vendor continues to issue updated versions (currently 32.0.0.443) and until the announced final deprecation date (31/12/2020), the wise thing to do is use a current version when facing the internet... v32.0.0.171 should only be used to play back locally stored content (.SWF files) after the last "timebombed" version ceases to function...
Just my 2 (euro)cents, of course... :whistle:

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@VistaLover: Please do refresh my memory: how do we know Adobe Flash player v32.0.0.171 is actually the last one not to contain a time-bomb? Or we don't really know that, do we?

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41 minutes ago, dencorso said:

Please do refresh my memory

The latest version without a timebomb is 32.0.0.371.

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