Apple blocks older versions of Flash Web plug-in in Safari

To help protect users from a recent vulnerability, Apple has updated the web plug-in-blocking mechanism to disable older versions of the web plug-in: Adobe Flash Player

Makes sense.



  • rattyuk

    Pretty certain this came in with Mountain Lion…

  • Al

    Give me the choice of chose what is best for me… Now that makes sense

    • http://twitter.com/caleb_land Caleb Land

      99% of the people out there don’t even know to make a choice. That’s who this is for. You can always use another browser for the cases where you need a vulnerable version of flash. It’s not perfect, but no solution is.

  • jwoodgett

    I dumped Flash from my laptop a few years ago following Grubers advice on it being embedded in Chrome (http://daringfireball.net/2010/11/flash_free_and_cheating_with_google_chrome). I use Safari >99% of the time but when need to view an occasional native Flash video (most are now transcoded to mp4, etc) I use the Develop menu to “open page with…” Chrome. This is getting rarer and so is my use of Chrome (although I’ve nothing against Chrome per se).

    • Joe

      I’m using Gruber’s suggestion as well, though I seldom actually need to drop into Chrome — instead I can often get the media to load by setting my user agent to “Safari iOS … iPad” (using the Develop menu). This is the most annoying aspect to me… many sites will still refuse to give me the non-flash content unless I pretend to be an iPad, even though they obviously know I don’t have the plug-in installed. Are we to assume that they are willing to give the non-flash version only if absolutely necessary, and therefore that they’re doing something nefarious with the Flash version that we wouldn’t really like if we knew? Why else would they rather serve me up a link to install the Flash plug-in instead of the content they supposedly want to share with me? (I’m actually hoping here that I’m just being paranoid and that someone can suggest a believable, non-nefarious explanation…)

      • DanPierce

        I use the Safari extension ClickToPlugin. It will replace calls to flash with their HTML5 equivalent (if it exists). It works great on YouTube videos. You can even download the MP4 source file.

        • Joe

          Yeah, ClickToFlash and ClickToPlugin are great, but by using them you’re still letting the sites you visit believe that you are more than happy to be served Flash content, so they have no incentive to serve up alternatives — both in the short term (on your current visit, they won’t volunteer any Flash alternatives they may have reserved for iPad and other non-Flash capable visitors) and in the long term, in that they are not receiving encouragement from your visit to finally move away from Flash entirely. Some of this was covered in Gruber’s article at http://daringfireball.net/2010/11/flash_free_and_cheating_with_google_chrome (the link above seems to be broken, hopefully this one will work for those interested in his full reasoning).