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Mozilla Blocks Flash on Mozilla Browser

By piranha

21st July 2015

Mozilla has recently blocked Adobe’s Flash software on their Firefox browser in an attempt to reduce the number of bugs that users are experiencing.

These bugs were being used by cyber-thieves to find out personal information about users, like names, addresses and even bank details.

Flash is a multimedia system used to host a wide range of content, including videos, games, animations and graphics. The software has been blocked by default on all versions of Firefox meaning that all users of the browser will be affected by the changes.

Mozilla said on its support pages that “Old versions of the Flash Player plugin have known vulnerabilities. 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.”

“Some websites use Adobe Flash to display content. However, attackers can also use the security flaws in Flash to run malicious software on your computer and gain access to your system.”

If users want to continue using Flash on trusted websites, they can simply enable it by changing their plugin settings. The settings can also be adjusted so that Flash is only able to run with the user’s permission, meaning that you can choose to run Flash if you know that the site is secure.

Mozilla’s actions come after a cache of documents were stolen from the surveillance tool firm, Hacking Team. Details of the cyber attacker were leaked online, suggesting that the bugs on Flash were being used by cyber-thieves all over the world to access valuable information and data.

Adobe has said that it takes bugs very “seriously” and that the company is working hard to fix these problems as soon as possible.

The company’s Senior Manager of Corporate Communications said, “There are extensive efforts underway internally, in addition to our work with the security community and our counterparts in other organisations, to help keep our products and our users safe.”

If you have a website that relies on Flash, your website will definitely be affected. Piranha can help to make your site more accessible on all browsers. Please call 01772 888 331 or email becreative@piranha-solutions.com to find out more! 

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