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I am using a historical version of flash, is that legal?

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Jan 17, 2021 Jan 17, 2021

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I found that I can use flash by using version 29.0.0.171 and the browser will still continue to run flash.

If I keep using this version, is it legal?

 

Also, in China, there is a website flash.cn that says they are an official partner of Adobe and are responsible for continuing to maintain the flash function in China.

Will I be violating their rights by using an older version of flash?

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Adobe Employee , Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021
To be clear, Adobe is no longer distributing Flash Player.  Because Flash Player's job is primarily to process untrusted/potentially malicous content from the open web, much of what we do is focused on staying ahead of the latest academic security research and intelligence from government and industry about what's happening in the field.  That work is no longer happening, and there's a global infrastructure that automatically detects unpatched software and launches exploits with the goal of depl...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 18, 2021 Jan 18, 2021

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Keeping the Flash Player installed is not illegal. However, it is not recommended to keep it either because it's a potential security risk.

The website is actually legit. If you visit the Adobe Flash Player EOL General Information Page and change the region to Chinese (中国), it will redirect you to that site. Also, there's this Help page mentioning 'flash.cn': https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/how-to-dowload-flash-player-in-china.html

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Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Flash Player downloaded from flash.cn will only work in China region. Outside of China, chaning OS language will not make it work.

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To be clear, Adobe is no longer distributing Flash Player.  Because Flash Player's job is primarily to process untrusted/potentially malicous content from the open web, much of what we do is focused on staying ahead of the latest academic security research and intelligence from government and industry about what's happening in the field.  That work is no longer happening, and there's a global infrastructure that automatically detects unpatched software and launches exploits with the goal of deploying malware payloads for various purposes.  It's a matter of time before that infrastructure catches up with the unmaintained version of Flash Player on your system. 

 

In Mainland China, there is a version of Flash Player distributed by our partner 2144, which continues to be patched and maintained.  That version is not distributed by Adobe, and it uses geodetection services to restrict usage to machines physically located in mainland China.  Versions of Flash Player previously distributed by Adobe do not run in Mainland China, and vice-versa.   If you're in mainland China, you should definintely move to the version distributed by 2144, which is available at flash.cn. 

 

Outside of China, our distribution partner HARMAN continues to maintain Flash Player for usage in large enterprise organizations, but again, those builds are not distributed by Adobe and are not free. 


Individual consumers (and the larger Internet ecosystem) are best served by removing Flash Player, which minimizes their potential exposure to and spread of malware using Flash Player as a vector. 

 

For convenience, here are links to the uninstallers: 

 

Uninstall Flash Player - Windows:
https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html

 

Uninstall Flash Player - Mac:
https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html

 

Microsoft Update for Removal of Flash Player on Windows 8+ for IE and Edge

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4577586/update-for-removal-of-adobe-flash-player 

 

 

 

 

 

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