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Update for Chromium and another Flash security fix

Chromium (and Widevine):

chromium_iconI built new Slackware Chromium packages for the latest update in the Chrome Stable Channel.  The new version is 40.0.2214.111  and comes with several security fixes (among which, a Flash Player update, see below) Both chromium and chromium-widevine-plugin have version 40.0.2214.111 actually – use the matching version numbers as a sign that they will work together. The Widevine plugin reports itself as version “1.4.6.738” in chrome://plugins .

Repeat message: Widevine is a Content Decryption Module (CDM) used by Netflix to stream video to your computer in a Chromium browser window. With my chromium and chromium-widevine-plugin packages you no longer need Chrome, or Firefox with Pipelight, to watch Netflix. The chrome-widevine-plugin is optional. If you don’t need it, then don’t install it. It is closed-source which for some is enough reason to stay away from it. The Chromium package on the other hand, is built from open source software only.

Flash browser plugins:

adobe_flash_8s600x600_2 With Flash it seems to be like my central heating. Last year I needed to connect the waterhose once a month and regulate the pressure in the pipes… it got worse to the point that I needed to re-pressurize every day. Until I called the maintenance guy who fixed a leak permanently. There is yet another leak in the Flash from Adobe and security updates have been added to my repository yesterday: the plugins for chromium (PPAPI) and for mozilla-compatible browsers (NPAPI).

The new Slackware package for chromium-pepperflash-plugin has version 16.0.0.305. The new Slackware package for flashplayer-plugin has version 11.2.202.442.

The update for pipelight can be done manually. As root, run the script:

# pipelight-plugin --update

Next time the pipelight plugin is loaded in your browser, it will update your Windows plugins to their latest versions where needed.

Eric

Comments

Comment from Didier Spaier
Posted: February 6, 2015 at 22:24

flashplayer-plugin is now upgraded here, thanks Eric!

Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: February 7, 2015 at 01:55

Thanks Eric. 🙂

Comment from SL
Posted: February 7, 2015 at 07:21

10x,
what about LibreOffice?

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: February 7, 2015 at 12:09

Adobe Flash should be renamed Adobe Tamagotchi.

Comment from Ahmad
Posted: February 9, 2015 at 08:11

Hi Eric,
First I must say that your provided builts have always run smoothly. Thanks for your efforts. Recently I’ve had a problem with the latest chromium.

I’ve installed the chromium 40.0.2214.111 with chromium-pepperflash-plugin on Slackware-14.1(with latest patches), running on ThinkPad T61 which uses i915 for intel graphics. I never had problem with your chromium builds, but this one made my screen go black. I use external monitor with the laptop since laptop’s LCD is broken. The Xorg.log.old is attached ( http://pastebin.com/E0C9BE5u )

I can’t think of anything except new chromium install, obviously, or glibc updates that we had recently. I didn’t post that on linuxquestions. Any ideas?

Thanks.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 9, 2015 at 22:36

Hi Ahmad

The crashes occur in X.Org, no idea if those are triggered by Chromium or something else.
I use this version of Chromium without issues on my T400 laptop, also with Intel graphics.

Comment from luis
Posted: March 1, 2015 at 21:24

Hi Eric.
I have a problem with the last chromium. When Iam playing flash videos and the screen of my laptop power off and no way for power on. I must push the power bottom for shutdown the laptop and power on for work again.
I used slackware current on toshiba satellite A205 and intel 915 video card.

Bye from chile.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: March 1, 2015 at 21:43

Hi luis, no idea. That must be an issue with your power management settings.
Have you measured how many minutes it takes until the laptop screen powers off? Start a video, don’t touch the laptop anymore and start counting.

Comment from Ahmad
Posted: March 10, 2015 at 11:36

Hi Luis,

I had the same problem with Intel i915 & Kernel (Slackware-14.1)… Xorg.log hinted “GPU hung” error, ‘dmesg’ revealed more. I looked up on Google for those errors, turns out lot of people are having this issue & Kernel bugs were reported. It’s not distro specific (http://askubuntu.com/questions/272200/on-12-10-13-04-with-i915-detected-a-hung-gpu-disabling-acceleration). Switching from UXA to SNA didn’t help. Other solution was to try old kernel, so I have switched back to Slackware-14.0 and it’s smooth sailing from here on.

Comment from Luis
Posted: March 10, 2015 at 22:08

Hi Ahmad.
Thanks for you answer.
So, I will follow using firefox like until now.

Bye.

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