Adobe released on Tuesday a new update and it lists only one vulnerability fix for Flash Player, CVE-2017-11305. This vulnerability could have triggered an unintended reset of global settings preference file.
More on the December update patch
The vulnerability affected Windows, Linux, Mac and Chrome. It was rated moderate with a priority rating of 2 and it was listed in security bulletin APSB17-42.
Compared with the November update patch, it definitely tackles fewer issues. The November patch fixed a total of 62 vulnerabilities for Acrobat Reader and 5 major vulnerabilities for Flash Player.
Adobe Flash Player
This software has been created for using Adobe Flash platform content, such as viewing multimedia, streaming videos or other internet apps. Flash Player can be used both for web browsers and for mobile OS.
It is a veteran and it continues to be used, despite the fact that Adobe has plans to put it down in 2020. The first Flash Player release was in 1996, over 21 years ago.
Flash Player is free of charge and there are plug-in versions available for most web browsers and mobile OS.
Flash Player has been heavily criticized
The security vulnerabilities related to Flash Player have brought the discontent of many, including Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs. He even published a letter in which all the reasons why Apple banned Flash player from their devices were explained. Some of the things Apple was not satisfied included stability, security, performance, touch screen integration and openness.
Seven years ago, Adobe apologized for not fixing a well known vulnerability for a whole year. Later that year the company had the difficult mission of announcing another critical vulnerability, which was affecting all phones running on Android OS.
It seems that Flash Player’s reign has ended.