Flash Will Finally Reach Its End in 2020

- July 28, 2017

Adobe Flash, one of the top culprits of vulnerability on the Internet, will finally reach its end-of-life in 2020. The web media player will be 21 years old in November.

On July 25, Adobe announced the end of Flash in a statement saying the software “long played a leadership role in advancing interactivity and creative content – from video, to games and more – on the web.” But today, Adobe says, “most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.”

Internet browser software developers like Google and Mozilla, as well as security companies and privacy professionals have all been advocating for the end of Flash’s use for years.

Analysis from Recorded Future found Adobe Flash accounted for eight of the top 10 vulnerabilities used in exploit kits in 2015, including the most prevalent exploit kits like Angler.

Adobe names Apple, Facebook, Google, Mozilla and Microsoft as partners in providing an end-of-life plan for Flash. “Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” the statement said.

Adobe also said it plans to continue its presence as a leader in the development of new web standards like HTML5 and WebAssembly.

Google in a statement following Adobe’s said that Flash usage is dropping dramatically. Over the last few years, daily usage by Chrome desktop users went from 80 percent to 17 percent today. The trend, Google says, shows that sites are “migrating to open web technologies,” which are faster, more efficient, more secure and work on both desktop and mobile platforms.