Adobe is removing Flash from Reader and Acrobat
Adobe is removing Flash from Reader and Acrobat

Before the technology’s official release in December 2020, Adobe removed all Flash technology components in the latest version of the product file (PDF), including the Reader and Acrobat files.

The company update also contains fixes for some critical vulnerabilities that administrators need to install the November release for.

According to Adobe, the security components in the new update fix three critical memory holes that could allow arbitrary code to run.

Features for removing various components of Flash Storage Technology were listed in the November 2020 (Reader) and (Acrobat) releases. This is the most important new feature in this release. Adobe explained that this technology is now out of date and is no longer used in the desktop application (Acrobat DC).

Previously, Acrobat contained options or buttons to collect user responses from Flash template files, such as: update, filter, export, archive, add, and delete.

According to Adobe, Flash-based form options have been replaced by an additional toolbar with control buttons for updating, adding, deleting, exporting, and archiving responses to the form.

The Adobe PDFMaker menu in Word and PowerPoint no longer includes the Insert Media button that Office suite users previously could use to embed Flash content in their documents.

According to the company, Microsoft has disabled the ability to add Flash content or rich media content to Office documents by default.

Supplementary Description: If you have Flash content embedded in your document (Acrobat), it prevents Flash or Rich Media from being embedded in the converted file (PDF) and adds images instead.

The removal is part of the process of removing Flash from major browsers by the end of this year.

Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Mozilla announced in 2017 that they would end support for the browser technology by December 2020.

In October, Microsoft released an update for all supported Windows versions that can be used to permanently remove flash memory from the operating system. An update has also been released that administrators can use to test the effects. Technical gaps in business applications.

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