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fletcher
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Adobe Flash plugin

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I am having trouble with it. Disabled by default right now because I still have version 24.0. Want to get it updated so I quit getting error messages, but keep running into problems.

When I try to update straight from Adobe with the APT package, I'm told "Unknown channel 'rosa-partner' The channel 'rosa-partner' is not known".

And when I go through the terminal, as suggested in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=47&t=241841, I find out, of course, that Flash is already installed. But it does not update.

I'm running Mint 17.3 Cinnamon with up-to-date Firefox.

Thanks.

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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Though not what you wanted but be aware of the security issues.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/1 ... ash_flaws/
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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Download direct from Adobe: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Download the tar.gz version
extract libflashplayer.so
copy libflashplayer.so into your plugins folder in your FF Profile Directory. If you do not have a plugins folder, create one and copy the file into it.

Activate the plugin in addons-plugins

I would recommend having it set to not activated and use when absolutely necessary due to security concerns. I find that I seldom, if ever, need flash anymore.

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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Hello, fletcher.

What you experience and what I experience as well is that:
  • the genuine adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1.orig.tar.gz installation package arrived on the Ubuntu software repository server on March 14th, 2017
  • but that even a week later the official Ubuntu software repositories do not offer the updated software package adobe-flashplugin and adobe-flash-properties-gtk/adobe-flash-properties-kde to their users.
  • so we seem to be stuck with the previous Flash version 24.0.0.221 which is flagged as vulnerable
Yet, there is a very simple way of getting the latest Adobe Flash plugin 25.0.0.127 without much tinkering with either the commandline or with .tar.gz archive yourself.

Suggested solution: Switching from adobe-flashplgin to flashplugin-installer
  • Launch Synaptic package manager.
  • Locate the software package flashplugin-installer. Mark it for installation. Click [Install]
  • Synaptic will warn you that in order to install flashplugin-installer the packages adobe-flashplugin and adobe-flash-properties-gtk/adobe-flash-properties-kde have to be uninstalled.
  • Do not worry. This is correct. Confirm and let Synaptic do its work.
  • flashplugin-installer will be installed and start downloading adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1.orig.tar.gz from the Canonical server automaticaly. Once it has been downloaded, it will be installed.
  • You will now have Adobe Flash plugin 25.0.0.127 installed in your browser.
  • Close Synaptic.
  • (Re)start your browser and visit this Adobe webpage to verify that you have got the most recent Flash plugin installed: Adobe Flash About
Note:
The steps explained above have to be executed only once.
From now on whenever Adobe makes a new version of its Flash plugin available, Mint Update Manager will present an updated flashplugin-installer to you which will download and install the updated Flash plugin on your system.
As a rule flashplugin-installer will give you the most recent Adobe Flash plugin at minimum a day or two earlier than Ubuntu will start deploying the packages adobe-flashplugin and adobe-flash-properties-gtk/adobe-flash-properties-kde.
This time the difference is a week or more. Time will tell.

HTH,
Karl
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You can find all the (recent) flashplugin packages here. Navigate to the end of the list. The most recent packages are at the end:
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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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I'm using Firefox v52.0 on my Linux Mint 17.3 XFCE laptop.

I have just started getting popups in Firefox saying that the version of the Flash plugin is out of date and has been disabled (and needs to be updated). I too have Flash version 24.0.0.221.

I went to the Adobe website to update, and it offered me downloads packaged in various forms (APT, YUM, tar.gz and .rpm).

I have never before downloaded Flash - or any other software - direct from a provider's site. I have always relied only on the Linux Mint update manager to keep my system in good shape. I prefer the confidence and peace of mind that the Mint updater offers!

But there's no Flash update listed (yet....) from the Mint update manager.

I see from karlchen's post that it would be possible to get the Flash update via Synaptic. I have no real problem with that if it's the only way to go. But I'm not in a massive hurry. Is there a reason for the delay? Is the Flash update likely to be available as part of the normal Mint update process fairly soon? If so, I'm content to wait a day or two (or a week.....?). If not, then Synaptic seems the only sensible option.

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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Hello, Br1nstorm.

I do not have any idea why Ubuntu is so slow this time. More than a week has passed by since Flash 25.0.0.127 was released by Adobe.
The Synaptic steps are a one time operation. Once they have been completed successfully, you will have Flash 25.0.0.127 on your system. Future Flash updates will come to you in Mint Update Manager as flashplugin-installer upates. Once it has been updated, it will again automatically download and install the most recent Adobe Flash plugin.

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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Thank you Karl for you post. I had the same problem with adobe and you have solved it for me too.Wonderful!!
With kind regards, Johanna :-)

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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Thank you to Karl for the directions to the Synaptic solution. Worked for me, and I appreciate the help. 8)

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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Great posting Karl :D

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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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This is already solved, but my solution is this from the terminal:
  • sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude -fry install adobe-flash-properties-gtk adobe-flash-properties-kde adobe-flashplugin
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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

Post by Laurent85 »

@karlchen
There is a dependency on adobe-flashplugin in Mint core package mint-meta-codecs-core, and flashplugin-installer conflicts adobe-flashplugin. Installing flashplugin-installer will remove adobe-flashplugin and Mint mint-meta-codecs mint-meta-codecs-core packages.

I recommend to wait for Ubuntu to plush the adobe-flashplugin in the repositories when possible or to use xenopeek's suggested alternative viewtopic.php?f=90&t=242131&p=1293802&h ... n#p1293802

For Mint 17.x 64 bit I recommend to install the deb package adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1_amd64.deb

For Mint 18.x 64 bit I recommend to install the deb package adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb

Select the 32 bit package if running a 32 bit version of Mint.
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Re: Adobe Flash plugin

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Hi, Laurent85.

You are right about the additional dependency on Mint: Mint mint-meta-codecs mint-meta-codecs-core
Removing these meta packages, however, will not have any ill side-effect.
I have done so on 2 of my Mint 13 and Mint 17 systems a long time ago, on one of the previous occasions where Ubuntu would not provide adobe-flashplugin in a timely fashion.

Downloading the appropriate adobe-flash*.deb packages from http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partn ... ashplugin/ and installing manually (e.g. using gdebi) instead of switching to flashplugin-installer is a good approach as well.
(Have done so in the past once or twice as well.)

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