• Adobe Flash officially ends in 2020, the company will stop distributing it.
  • Flash has changed the site, Flash Player once had every computer.
  • From the beginning, Flash was full of mistakes, ending earlier.

Adobe killed Flash. More precisely, Flash developers have been killed before Flash, but Adobe has now publicly announced when it will officially build a funeral: By the end of 2020, it will stop distributing and repairing Flash Player. Although Flash is a disaster in terms of safety, it has unforgettably entered the history of the site.

His history began to be written in the nineties of the last century. It was not yet named Flash, but SmartSketch had nothing to do with the web, it was a vector editor for today’s forgotten PenPoint platform. In time, they added animations, and when Macromedia acquired Macromedia in 1996, Macromedia Flash was born and Macromedia Flash Player was born. By the end of the 20th century he had completely mastered the field. He has brought something completely new to his browsers: animations.

From today’s view of streaming Full HD video, it was not a big hole in the world, but it must be remembered that at that time Internet connection speeds were in tens of kilobits per second and the computers were essentially wooden and pedalable. Vector animations offered the possibility of showing quite a small amount of transferred data to show a nice animation, something unprecedented. With today’s browser, HTML 5 and JavaScript capabilities, we do not need any extra plug-ins, but at that time, the current triple versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator and JavaScript just shyly shoved their ugly corners.

Browsers did not have anything like animation, so a plug-in, essentially a program in the program, was needed. If the browser per se, then the middle of the site only produced a hole in the content of the foreign program, the plugin, in this case Macromedia Flash Player. In the same way, Java Applets and basically all the other plugins of similar stamping (many of them were made, but all but Flash and smaller Java were still-born children).

Security risk hidden behind entertainment

This development gives an answer to the question of why Flash and Javas are such a security disaster. One of the most vulnerable types of vulnerabilities is RCE (Remote Code Execution), and it’s the ability to run the attack code on the victim’s computer. The Internet browser is by nature a “security hole” because it is the purpose of its existence to download the code written by someone else (HTML, CSS, JavaScript …) and execute it on the victim’s computer … er, user. However, the first browsers did not know much about it, and so they could not spoil much. Other skills have become quite slow and, of course, they have a lot of problems on their minds, and some people have recalled and added fundamental restraints in their progressive development.

Flash did not have that, and when Macromedia added the ActionScript programming option in 2000, the plugin became another marching RCE hole, which in addition to virtually every user of the site had on its computer over time. In 2005, Macromedia was swept away by Adobe, which maintains Flash today. If you are a fan of slot machine games that use flash, dont worry though. Your favourite gaming websites like videoslotsfreespins.com will adapt to new technologies and you will have many opportunities to gamble and win big jackpots. Technology will not screw you over, pal.

Lovers of web site makers

Programmers – especially some – Flash loved. Compared to HTML, he had incredible capabilities, a comfortable development environment, and he could do a lot of things done on the client side without the need to query the server. Flash also liked advertisers and graphic artists because they looked everywhere as well, while browsers tended to access HTML and CSS rather as a non-binding inspiration for their own graphic conception. In addition, unlike HTML, Flash is compiled, so the source code is not directly visible, which some intellectually ludicrous individuals considered to be a security benefit in the spirit of “security by obscurity”.

Flash capabilities have outpaced their time, which, of course, can not be said about its internal implementation and architecture. It is terrible and has become the basis for later problems. Over time, an increasing number of mistakes have begun to appear on the platform as well as implementational (somewhat poorly programmed) and conceptual (somewhat misconceived). Errors were corrected within the scope of the option, but Flash had no automatic update mechanism, so users had to download and install the update themselves. Of course, a large part of them did not. The other, on the other hand, did absolutely mindlessly and installed anything that could display a window that at least almost resembled a familiar update dialog.


Standing Standards, End of Flash

In the meantime, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript caught a new breath, and a number of things that Flash needed before were able to make new browsers themselves. For a long time, his domain was still playing video, but eventually browsers managed to come up with HTML 5 themselves. The flaw in the so-called Universal Flash support in browsers meant the year 2007 when the iPhone appeared and Apple said that Flash is not and will never be supported on the platform.

The last prestige of Flash has become advertising. Networks for their distribution have also become a grateful target for attackers, who have been able to distribute their infected files at a low cost even on servers of well-known names considered trustworthy. It was this last bastion of Flashe and its abuse of the attacks that caused a strong resistance from the professional public.

That Flash does not have a future, it is clear for many years. Browsers, moreover, increasingly restrict their support and will continue to do so. Nowadays, a regular user of Flash does not need it anymore, depending only on various legacy applications and long-forgotten websites. The full end of support and distribution will only come about in 2020, but Flash has actually died earlier. Although he has left a clear track in the history of the Internet, he will die in isolation and he will not be mourned.