How Bad Are Adobe Flash Bug Repair Stats?

It’s safe to say Adobe flash did not have the best of years, from crashes, hacks, crashes, vulnerabilities and, yes more crashes, many in the industry doubt whether this will be the year Adobe finally pulls the plug. It seems the ill-fated Flash player is constantly being fixed, but, how often does it need to be patched from the many bugs?

Well, it turns out it’s quite a lot if you take into account official data on the subject, according to the information, “Adobe have repaired Flash Player 2015 a total of 316 Bugs”. This works out at almost 1 bug a day, or to be more precise; Adobe has fixed 1 bug every 1.15 days. Prominent industry figures have been somewhat sarcastic to the point whereby they have suggested Adobe is able to only rest on a “Sunday” before continuing to fix Flash again and again.

To place this into perspective, Adobe fixed 12 bugs in Flash on average per month in 2014, worse still, “the fourth quarter of 2015 saw the repair scale reach up to 113 bugs” Oh, there is more, recently Microsoft found that Flash crashed almost any browser on Windows 10 after conflicting security patches were pushed to users.

The implementation of Flash on many websites is also declining, once it used to be the standard, but stats have shown that in 2010, 28.5% of websites used Flash, today it is less than 10%.

Will Flash make it through 2016?  Not on this evidence.

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Flash Is Now Blocked Automatically by Firefox

Adobe has been receiving a lot of pressure lately to kill off Flash once and for all, but it looks like the company is not really ready to give up on its famous plugin. Consequently, the head of security over at Facebook publicly encouraged Adobe to make the call, and just a day later, Mozilla’s Mark Schmidt announced that Firefox would now block Flash automatically thanks to a recent update. The announcement was made via Twitter, and it was later followed by another Tweet that marked the block as temporary.

Flash used to be quite important back in the day, especially when it came to video playback. However, with Youtube moving to HTML 5 at the start of 2015, the plugin is becoming more and more obsolete and dangerous even. Hackers often use Flash to gain a foothold into users’ PC’s, and while Adobe states that it is doing its best to improve its security, we’ve not seen any impressive results so far. There’s even an entire movement called Occupy Flash that aims to remove the vulnerable plugin from the internet altogether.

As for Firefox users, they can always re-enable Flash should the need arise, but I don’t really see why they would want to.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.