Flash is known more for the gaping security vulnerabilities that are exposed to the world time and again instead of being the technology that has powered a significant chunk of online content, so much so that even Adobe has started to inch away from it, and many online services have already moved on to something much better and safer. Flash is not yet dead completely which means security vulnerabilities still pose a risk to millions of people, an exploit was discovered over Christmas with Adobe then having to issue an emergency patch.
It’s evident that Flash doesn’t have much of a future, YouTube dropped it in favor of HTML5 earlier this year, with companies like Facebook and Mozilla also backing away. Adobe itself has confirmed that it’s now going to encourage content creators to build with new web standards instead of Flash.
Adobe has released an emergency patch for Flash which brings several fixes for “critical vulnerabilities,” which includes one exploit that Adobe says is being actively used in “limited, targeted attacks.”
This may or may not be the final Flash security vulnerability of 2015, considering the fact that by one account here have been around 316 Flash bugs discovered this year alone, so there’s no saying if we don’t see yet another vulnerability be exposed come New Year’s Eve.