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Apple Blocks Out-of-Date Flash Player Plug-ins in Safari [Updated]

Posted on September 20th, 2016 by

adobe-patched-headerApple has just updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all Flash Player versions prior to Flash Player and, due to security issues identified in the older versions. This update comes to you just a week after Adobe Systems released Adobe Flash Player for Mac and Windows with security fixes for critical vulnerabilities, some of which could lead to information disclosure and arbitrary code execution.

If you haven't updated Adobe Flash recently, you may see the message, "Flash out-of-date," when attempting to view Flash content in Safari.

Flash out-of-date

Seeing this message means that the version of the Flash Player plug-in on your computer does not include the latest security updates and is blocked. To continue using Adobe Flash Player, you will need to download an update from Adobe.

To update your software to the latest Flash Player version, your best options is to go directly to Adobe's official site to ensure the software you download is safe.

RELATED: How to Tell if Adobe Flash Player Update is Valid

Mac users can also get the latest updates by following these steps:

  1. Choose the Apple menu icon (upper left corner on OS X desktop)
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Then click on Flash Player at the bottom under Other
  4. In the Advanced tab, under Updates, press the Check Now button

If your Flash Player is out of date, you will see a notification that an update is available, and it will ask you to download and install it:

Adobe Flash Player update available notice

If an update is available, click "Yes," and then follow all of the prompts from Adobe for updating to the latest version of Flash Player.

When Mac users update using this method, your computer's internal system will properly check and connect you to Adobe's official website. In this way, because the Mac's internal system bypasses fake websites entirely, you are far less likely to be fooled by phishing websites. This is the most secure way to update Flash Player.

Adobe Flash users can learn more about the Flash Player update here, which includes information about the vulnerabilities resolved and safe download links.

Editor's note: Originally published September 24, 2014. This post was updated September 20, 2016, for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  • Lyssa77

    That’s great, but every time I try to update it, it tells me Safari is open, when it isn’t. How do I update my flash player? So frustrated.

    • TSK

      that exact same thing happens to me

    • peek_a_boo

      click on the little apple logo on the top left, find “force quit”, on pop-up window choose “safari” and then click on “force quit”

    • carla sam

      Since updating to Yosemite on Mac, I update flash for Safari – receive a message ‘installed successfully’ and it hasn’t! I’m thinking of switching to Chrome because of this…

  • garibunny

    whenever i’m updating my flash player it always stuck at 30%. pls help. thanks

    • vishnu

      I’ve the same problem

    • Intego

      Ensure that you are not running any applications that may be blocking Flash Player from installing. This includes your browser, such as Safari. You may need to Force Quit these applications (click on the Apple menu icon in upper left corner of your Mac, then choose “Force Quit” and quit any applications disrupting your Flash Player update.

      If you’re still having installation problems with Flash Player, this page might be helpful:

  • antonjw

    … releases new version of Flash which totally murders Sarafi within seconds of opening it.

  • Oh pooh

    @adobe @cnn If you want me to consume your content, stop using Flash, use YouTube. I am done dinking around with Flash Out of Date. CNN is the main culprit. I am sure Adobe can write suicide code that can self destruct bad Flash, I won’t miss a dud.

  • Vlad Soare

    I know I can get rid of the error message by installing the latest Flash version. What I would really like to know is how I could make Safari stop checking my Flash version, stop whining about it, and just work with whatever Flash version I happen to have at the time.
    Is that possible? How?

  • Lauren

    My computer still says that i am up to date but when i go onto a website it still says flash is out of date

    • Keith Fleming

      Mine is doing exactly the same

  • laura r

    how long does it ake to upload? my safari was upgraded & no the abobe flash is blocked. i cannot see videos.

  • Neil08

    Why does Adobe need to update Flash ever? Constantly tinkering with it to keep some team employed is more obnoxious to the end-user (as this article and responses demonstrate) that simply leaving it alone. Badly done, Adobe.

    • Statalyzer

      Blame Apple for blocking Adobe even after you get the newest version. Google can figure it out but Apple can’t.