A day after, when the Facebook’s new Chief Security Officer tweeted a call to set an end date for Adobe Flash, today Mozilla Firefox sent a notification saying, that they have now blocked Flash on Firefox as software standard. Mark Schmidt, the head of Firefox team of Mozilla, tweeted confirmation that all the versions of Flash player are blocked in the browser.
It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day.
— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) July 12, 2015
— Mark Schmidt (@MarkSchmidty) July 14, 2015
Even on the add-ons page of Firefox, there is a warning saying that the plugin has been blocked for your protection.
At the moment, you cannot browse any website on Firefox that uses flash; though you can manually activate the plugin at your own risk and access the website or content. You’ll notice a warning message, wherever there is a flash content on the website likes advertisements on Youtube.com or other.
Adobe is working on a fix for this issue as three major vulnerabilities were discovered when 400GB of internal documents and source code from Hacking Team was leaked online in a hack which occured last week.
This might not be a good news for many, but technology giants are gradually removing support for flash, as its reportedly being used to spread malware on users’ systems via security exploits. Youtube is currently using HTML5 player for its videos on Chrome and latest browsers. Apple also had removed flash support in 2010, while Adobe itself stopped active development of Flash Player for mobile since 2011.