Adobe just pulled a major about-face. After axing the NPAPI Flash plugin used by Firefox and other browsers on Linux in 2012, Adobe has decided to begin updating it again and to keep it updated after the previously announced 2017 end-of-life date.
This is a weird time for Adobe to make this decision. But it’s all about security—Adobe clearly doesn’t want a security nightmare on its hands, especially with the 2017 deadline for the end of security patches ahead of it. Adobe changed its mind, and that’s good for Linux browser security.
While Mozilla plans to remove support for NPAPI plugins from Firefox at the end of 2016, the Flash plugin is exempt. Firefox will begin blocking some Flash content by default, though—Flash is on its way out.
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