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Adobe Flash Player Removal Updates


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A heads up to all Windows users -

Microsoft will be deploying Windows Updates to permanently remove Flash Player - these updates *cannot* be reversed: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2019/08/30/update-removing-flash-microsoft-edge-internet-explorer/#PAAgpmTRlOOih0TO.97

It would be nice if Flash was dead, but since it isn't, be wary of these if you need Flash Player! Updates are coming for 8.1/10, and possibly for 7 ESU.

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Bad news for Flash users:

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Skipping this last Flash update won't remove this "time bomb," however.

Adobe told ZDNet that the killswitch code was added months before in previous releases and that this last Flash update only modifies the language used in the prompt that will ask users to uninstall the app.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/adobe-to-block-flash-content-from-running-on-january-12-2021/?ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=29555123352311730618807440776796&mid=13196659&cid=2340241330

Anyone know what the last Flash update is *WITHOUT* the kill switch?

Trust Adobe to screw things up even more than Microsoft.

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On 7/28/2020 at 8:26 AM, Dr. Drill said:

All versions Adobe Flash Player newer than 32.0.0.371 contain a time-bomb.

After 12-Jan-2021 local SWF-files does not playback. The latest working version is 32.0.0.371.

Use a virtual machine to check. Install the Adobe Flash Player and set the clock to January 2021.

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On 12/10/2020 at 10:08 AM, dencorso said:
On 7/28/2020 at 6:26 AM, Dr. Drill said:

All versions Adobe Flash Player newer than 32.0.0.371 contain a time-bomb.

After 12-Jan-2021 local SWF-files does not playback. The latest working version is 32.0.0.371.

Use a virtual machine to check. Install the Adobe Flash Player and set the clock to January 2021.

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Wow, thanks! How did you figure that out?

Are you saying if I install 32.0.0.371, I should be good to go? Wonder how old that is.

Looks like Adobe doesn't have the older versions on their site, do you know where the old versions can be found?

Thanks!

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400 megabytes? Adobe should have learned about solid compression. The standalone exe projector doesn't seem to have the timebomb restriction.

There are Flash updates on Black Wing Cat's Windows Legacy Update ( win2k.org type "flash" in search), where you can directly extract the netscape plugin or the exe, and the package size is smaller.

Have there been any new functional additions, new data formats in Flash recently? I'm still using Flash 11.4, and the version number has since taken inspiration from Firefox and Chrome.

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In KM-Forum someone posted 3 direct links to current version for ActiveX, NPAPI, PPAPI.
Not sure if useful, just in case:
wayback-version of those 3 links from date between v371 and next (v387)

(each ca 21MB)
ActiveX:
https://web.archive.org/web/20200516155502/https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ax.exe
NPAPI:
https://web.archive.org/web/2020052117103/https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player.exe
PPAPI:
https://web.archive.org/web/20200516003347/https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe

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Just now, siria said:

Thanks, I ended up extracting the whole ~400 MB file and finding these and a bunch of other stuff in them.

I kept all the Windows files and deleted the Mac and Linux junk.

If people block the Windows Update removing Flash support then I think we're home free from here.

I probably won't necessarily install it right or use it actively but it will be handy to keep handy. I don't trust the web to all of a sudden remove Flash everywhere. That takes years, maybe decades, not months.

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In Windows 8, I just want to keep the integrated Flash engine (which I believe is ActiveX) for local offline use.  I like to play Yeti Sports games.

Hopefully that isn't time bombed.

 

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