The United States Senator Ron Wyden asks three government agencies to end use of Adobe’s Flash as Adobe already announced to stop supporting Adobe Flash Media Player in 2020 and it will no longer receive updates or technical support.
As the three agencies that provide the majority of cybersecurity guidance to government agencies, the National Security Agency, National Institute of Science and Technology, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must take every opportunity to ensure that federal workers are protected from cyber threats, and that the government is not unintentionally supporting risky online behavior. reads Wyden letter.
Flash player suffered from the number of security flaws with high severity rate that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code and to take complete control over the system.
Failed XP Transition – Remove Adobe Flash
Senator highlighted the transition failure with Windows XP at its end-of-life in 2014, which forced agencies to pay millions of dollars for premium support. So now the U.S. government transitioning fast to take away the flash immediately as it to be abandoned in 2020.
“A critical deadline is looming, the government must act to prevent the security risk posed by Flash from reaching catastrophic levels.” reads Senator letter.
Wyden Request to three agencies National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Mandated government agencies shall not deploy new, Flash-based content on any federal website, effective within 60 days.
Require federal agencies to remove flash based content from federal websites by August 1, 2019, and form employee desktop computers by March 1, 2019.
Adobe Flash Player often suffers from a number of Zero-day vulnerabilities, recently Adobe Issues Patch for Critical Flash Player Zero-day Vulnerability that exploited by attackers in wild.