Apple Blocks Older Versions of Adobe’s Flash Player in Safari

Earlier this week, Adobe released a critical update for Flash Player that fixed a security vulnerability affecting Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

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According to the support article on Apple website, if the version of Adobe Flash plug-in you are using is out of date, you may see the message, “Blocked plug-in”, “Flash Security Alert” or “Flash out-of-date” when attempting to view Flash content in Safari (see above). Clicking the indicator displays an alert, “Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date”, as shown below.

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In order to use Adobe Flash you need to update to a later version:

  • Click the Download Flash button.
  • Safari opens Adobe Flash Player installer page on the Adobe website.
  • Click the Download now button on the Adobe website to download the latest Adobe Flash Player installer.
  • After the download completes, open the downloaded disk image (usually located in your Downloads folder) if it does not open automatically.
  • In the window that appears, open the installer and follow the onscreen instructions.

If you need to run an older version of Flash, you can use web plug-in management to re-enable it for specific websites using “Run in Unsafe Mode” in Safari.

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  • AnArcticMonkey

    Place your bets, how long until the next flash vulnerability is found?

  • Martin

    This article is quite confusing as I do not believe there was a second update for Mac OS X this week. This is just Apple blocking older and insecure versions of the plug-in in Safari after Adobe released Flash Player version number 14.0.0.145 a few days ago.

  • Martin

    I see that the article was updated to make it clear what Apple actually did. Thanks, much appreciated.

  • Thanks for letting us know, yes, there was an error and we made the corrections.