Microsoft Edge will start blocking Flash by default

Dec 16, 2016, 00:12

Because Flash Player sees the access attempts from a domain to which it the user granted access, the app won't show any warnings or extra prompts.

Google announced recently that it will prioritize HTML5 over Flash, and block Flash by default in the Chrome browser.

Mozilla's also expressed its displeasure and even VMware dumped Flash in favour of HTML 5 in the new vSphere Web Client. After the update, users will be able to choose whether they wish to load the plug-in or not for sites that still depend on Adobe Flash. The next release of Microsoft Edge will now default to HTML5 content if available, while Flash will be blocked by default.

In blocking Flash, Microsoft Edge follows the lead of several of the web's leading browsers.

As a result, users are strongly recommended to update Flash Player to this latest version, especially given the fact that it remains one of the most vulnerable software solutions at the moment.

Why this matters: Flash has always been considered a security risk as well as a battery hog, and more and more sites are simply moving to HTML5 content as a replacement. Which can be read as "we are paying attention to, and monitoring, the websites you visit".

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduced a very welcome change to Microsoft Edge, the operating system's default browser.

Microsoft has clearly showed its intention regarding the Adobe Flash Player once the Windows 10 Creator's Update will be released.

Microsoft's ban is not completely total yet, as the company says it will also allow some of the internet's most popular sites which now use Flash to remain unblocked.

"Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2016-7892 exists in the wild, and is being used in limited, targeted attacks against users running Internet Explorer (32-bit) on Windows", the company said in a security advisory.

Microsoft's advice to web developers is to leave Flash behind and instead "migrate to standardized content delivery mechanisms, such as HTML5 Encrypted Media Extensions, Media Source Extensions, Canvas, and Web Audio".

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