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Updates for Chromium and Flash in sep 14

Chromium and Pepper Flash:

chromium_iconPatch tuesday came and went. We have new Flash from Adobe and as a result, the Google Chrome browser also had a version bump and a new “PepperFlash” Plugin. Time for an update of my own Chromium package (just for Slackware 14.1 & current; the package for 13.37 & 14.0 remains at 37.0.2062.94 but you can of course compile a newer one yourself).

Taken from the Chrome releases blog: Chromium 37.0.2062.120 addresses critical bug fixes, of which these stand out –

  • [$2000][401362High CVE-2014-3178: Use-after-free in rendering. Credit to miaubiz.
  • [411014] CVE-2014-3179: Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives..

I also updated the package for chromium-pepperflash-plugin to version As usual, the flash library is taken from the official Google Chrome binaries and integrates nicely with my Chromium package. Note that Chromium contains a PDF plugin these days, so if you still have an old “chromium-pdf-plugin” package installed, you should ‘removepkg’ that now!

Note: If you had the chromium-pepperflash package already installed, please open the file “/etc/default/chromium” in an editor and change the line:

 flashversion=$(strings $flashso|grep ^LNX|sed -e "s/^LNX //"|sed -e "s/,/./g")


 flashversion=$(strings $flashso|grep "LNX "|sed -e "s/.*LNX //"|sed -e "s/,/./g")

in order to fix the plugin version shown in “chrome://plugins

Linux Flash:

adobe_flash_8s600x600_2 The Flash updates are released for all platforms, one of them is the “legacy” Linux NPAPI plugin for Mozilla-compatible browsers. See Adobe’s monthly security bulletin for all the version numbers and vulnerabilities. The Linux flashplayer-plugin went up to



Pipelight with Windows Flash:

pipelight-logoI do not have a new version of the pipelight browser plugin (see previous article for the how to). You can easily update the Windows plugins (including the Windows Flash player if you use that) by running (as root) the script:

# pipelight-plugin --update

I will see about a soon-ish update of pipelight and wine-pipelight if there are enough enhancements.

Good luck with these updates!


  1. bam

    bam@darkstar:~$ chromium
    /etc/default/chromium: line 12: syntax error near unexpected token `(‘
    /etc/default/chromium: line 12: ` flashversion=\$(strings \$flashso|grep “LNX “|sed -e “s/.*LNX //”|sed -e “s/,/./g”)’

  2. alienbob

    Yeah I kept two backslashes in there that should not have been there. Courtesy of copying from the instead of from the actual /etc/default/chromium file.

    I updated the post with the correct strings.

  3. Mike Langdon (mlangdn)

    Thanks Eric! I was updating -current and this showed up the day before your post here.

  4. alienbob

    Hi Mike. Indeed, I try to keep a day inbetween to ensure that package mirrors are uptodate.

  5. Arief JR

    Thank’s Eric! now i can updating -current

  6. Pai

    Wrong flash version reported by the browser again.
    I had to manually paste it in the /etc/default/chromium file.

    Thanks for the new pkg btw.

  7. slacker

    I see a problem. When try to write in Cyrillic in web site fields (like comments, etc.) nothing happens.

  8. Stephan

    Hi Eric,

    thanks for this new Chromium version. Anyway, I just would like to report that this version does now accept German characters like “ä, ü, ö, ß”. If this is because you changed something I can not tell. I basically didn#t change the setup of my Slackware 64 current machine. However, I am happy about it.



  9. Richard Herbert

    Hi, Eric.

    Many thanks for your efforts. A simple typo in the changelog:

    Sun Aug 31 09:44:47 UTC 2014
    chromium: updated to 37.0.2062.120.

    Looks like it was copied and pasted from a previous entry. It messes up the RSS feed as well.


  10. alienbob

    Strange, it was OK on my local machine. Somehow I must have generated the metafiles for the repository half-way an update. I have synced the server version to the correct files on my local machine.
    Akamai caches the content on so it will take a little while for the page to refresh.

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