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July ’15 Security fixes for Adobe’s Flash web plugins (extra critical)

adobe_flash_8s600x600_2The recent hack of the “Hacking Team” -a company that makes money from creating spyware for repressive governments –  has uncovered evidence that they have been exploiting a yet unknown security hole which is present in all Adobe Flash players since version 7.  Obviously based on the  information obtained from the public dump of Hacking Team’s 400 GB Intranet data, there’s a Zero-Day exploit out there in the wild that is actively targeting computers (thanks mancha for the link). Adobe have released patched Flash player plugins today that fix this security hole and you are all urgently advised to update your flash player packages.

For your information: The updated Slackware package for chromium-pepperflash-plugin has version The updated flashplayer-plugin has version The Chromium plugin was taken from the Google Chrome 43.0.2357.132 RPM which was released yesterday. New packages for my own chromium package based on the sources of that same version are underway, expect those tomorrow.

Download locations for the Flash plugins:

If you are using the slackpkg+ extension for slackpkg, then you just run “slackpkg update && slackpkg update flash”. Alternatively, you can subscribe to my repository RSS feed to stay informed of any updates.



  1. cwizardone

    Thank you!
    Greatly appreciated!

  2. Jen

    Am still without my morning coffee, so aren’t as sharp as I would be. is the fixed flash, correct?

  3. alienbob

    Jen, is the version of the Chromium PepperFlash plugin (PPAPI). The NPAPI plugin for Mozilla-compatible browsers is version Just as stated in the article.

  4. Jen

    Cool thanks. (And have obtained coffee)

  5. darietto

    still don’t understand all these Flash updates
    don’t get me wrong, i know it is all about security, but how is it possible that a single piece of software is so buggy to need a fix every now and then?

  6. Ed

    I’m running flashplayer-plugin-, and a lot of websites are still telling me that there “This plugin has security vulnerabilities”. This is on a fresh install of -current.

  7. alienbob

    Well, yes. Adobe has not released a newer version than for Linux yet, but that one has been flagged as vulnerable in today’s security bulletin

    I have uploaded a fixed version for the chromium-pepperflash plugin package.

    If you insist on using Flash then I advise you to install Chromium with that plugin, or Chrome.

  8. Ed

    Oh, ok. I just read that they are continuing to find 0day exploits in flash, up to 3 as I have seen so far, and some are actually calling for flash to end.

    What does that mean for us FF/flash users?

  9. Daniel

    Ed, this is the reason you are getting the message:

  10. Johann

    It seems there’s a wrapper to use PPAPI in NPAPI browsers…

    Anyone already tested this for some time???


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