The only Adobe Flash Player still distributed is in China, security researchers say it contains adware
Adobe Flash Player is permanently dead on December 31, 2020. Adobe itself warned about it for years and by 2021 it no longer offered any support for the tool, in fact it even remotely blocked its use. Not in China, where a special version is still being distributed. But, according to researchers, it is infected with adware.
Due to its extensive use in China, Adobe decided allow a local distributor to continue offering Adobe Flash Player to users. The Chinese version of the Flash Player application can only be downloaded from flash.cn, a website not even managed by Adobe. The responsibility is borne by an adobe authorized company called Zhong Cheng Network. However, if we download it and try to use it from outside China, it will not work.
Adobe Flash Player and (many) ads
In the last weeks users Y local media have reported unusual behavior after installing the Chinese version of Adobe Flash Player. Users indicated that pop-ups started to appear in the browser displaying internet advertisements.
The security company Minerva Labs decided to analyze the file that was downloaded from flash.cn to see what it contained inside. According the report they published, offered a valid version of Adobe Flash Player, but accompanied by other extra files. Another file called nt.dll was also hidden in the executable FlashHelperService.exe, which is dedicated to opening browser windows at regular intervals.
Users outside of China are not affected in principle since the flash.cn version will simply not work on computers outside of the Asian country. Be that as it may, it will be interesting to see if Adobe decides to intervene in this within China or is something that is left to the authorized reseller.
In the meantime, in the rest of the world, little by little Adobe Flash Player is disappearing of the teams. The latest Windows 10 update delete it automatically and apps like Firefox they completely destroy him. But removing it from the internet is not going to be easy, in fact there are those who say that should become open source. The most curious story however probably remains that of South Africa, which created its own browser just to keep Flash.