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Facebook worried over Adobe Flash Player security vulnerabilities, because it could affect its business

Facebook worried over Adobe Flash Player security vulnerabilities, because it could affect its business

by AshwinAugust 1, 2015

Facebook has revealed in its quarterly report that it is worried over Adobe Flash Player security vulnerabilities.


No, it isn’t doing so because users will be infected, that is not what a revenue report is about.

Facebook is worried that Abobe Flash Player’s insecurities, will hurt its coffers. If you are wondering which part of Facebook runs on Flash, you could be one of those people (like me) who doesn’t access a popular part of the social network, Facebook Games.

Games hosted on Facebook, like the majority of browser games run using the Adobe Flash Plugin. Apparently all of Facebook’s revenue from “Payments” comes from these games.

This is what Facebook’  report to the U.S regulators yesterday,

“In July 2015, certain vulnerabilities discovered in Flash led to temporary interruption of support for Flash by popular web browsers. If similar interruptions occur in the future and disrupt our ability to provide social games to some or all of our users, our ability to generate Payments revenue would be harmed.”

What Facebook is referring to, in the above statement, are the aftermath of the recent critical vulnerabilities found in Adobe Flash Player, which resulted in Mozilla blocking the plugin by default in its browser, Firefox. It was a rather bold move by the browser maker, but one that needs to be applauded, because its intent was to protect users from attacks. The plugin ban was lifted soon after Adobe patched the vulnerabilities.

Google on the other hand, updated its Chrome browser, because it uses its own custom Flash plugin based on Adobe’s. Microsoft was the only major company which took a long time to patch the security issues in Flash Player for Internet Explorer.

This happens to be the very first instance that Facebook has mentioned “Adobe Flash”, as a ‘risk factor’ in its filing. A law in the U.S. states that public companies should disclose the risks to their investors, which explains why the social network has mentioned Flash as its headache.

PC World reports that neither Facebook, nor Adobe have made any official statement regarding this.

And this isn’t the first time Facebook has publicly voiced its concern against Flash. A few weeks ago,  the Chief of Security at Facebook, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, lashed out at Adobe on Twitter demanding that the company announce Flash’s “end-of-life”.

Flash is already outdated and has been dropped by many popular websites and web services such as YouTube, Facebook Videos and more.