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Old 03-21-2017, 04:53 PM   #1
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Getting warning to install Adobe Flash plugin but it's already installed


Hi. I'm running Xubuntu 16.04LTS. I get this warning only when I am on Amazon and the browser is Firefox.
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176 My version of Firefox

172 the warning

I clicked on "Allow" and that gives me a pop-up saying: Firefox has prevented the outdated plugin "Adobe Flash" from running on https://www.amazon.com:

On the pop up there is a link that says "update now..." (which I chose and that takes me to #173 screenshot) and two buttons: "Allow now" and "Allow and Remember"

173 Adobe download page (and I chose the Debian one highlighted)

174 Launch vehicle (I chose the "Open link" button)

175 Ubuntu Software Center (showing it's already installed)

I remember the first time I ran into this warning. I was unable to open something really important to me and was relieved after the Adobe download allowed me to open it. But now I get the warning every time I'm on Amazon.

The times I've been on Amazon I've chosen the "Allow Now" button and that gets rid of the warning (and Amazon does seem a little more functional) or I could choose "Allow & Remember." Or do something different.

What's the best way to go?

Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:30 PM   #2
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Hi Gregg, can you please paste the output from dpkg -l '*flash*' (that's a small 'ell')
 
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:09 PM   #3
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Hi Gregg, can you please paste the output from dpkg -l '*flash*' (that's a small 'ell')
Thanks hydrurga. Seems I can't stay out of this place! Appreciate your help.

Code:
gregory@gregory-GA-A55M-DS2:~/Desktop$ dpkg -l '*flash*'
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                    Version                  Architecture             Description
+++-=======================================-========================-========================-===================================================================================
un  adobe-flash-properties                  <none>                   <none>                   (no description available)
ii  adobe-flash-properties-gtk              1:20170214.1-0ubuntu0.16 amd64                    GTK+ control panel for Adobe Flash Player plugin
un  adobe-flash-properties-kde              <none>                   <none>                   (no description available)
ii  adobe-flashplugin                       1:20170214.1-0ubuntu0.16 amd64                    Adobe Flash Player plugin
un  flashplayer-mozilla                     <none>                   <none>                   (no description available)
un  flashplugin                             <none>                   <none>                   (no description available)
un  flashplugin-downloader                  <none>                   <none>                   (no description available)
rc  flashplugin-installer                   25.0.0.127ubuntu0.16.04. amd64                    Adobe Flash Player plugin installer
un  flashplugin-nonfree                     <none>                   <none>                   (no description available)
un  libflashsupport                         <none>                   <none>                   (no description available)
gregory@gregory-GA-A55M-DS2:~/Desktop$
 
Old 03-21-2017, 08:43 PM   #4
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Thanks Gregg. Now where did that flashplugin-installer rc come from? (it means that residual configuration for the package has been left on the system, so it was previously installed then removed)?

Anyway, I would suggest that you move from using adobe-flashplugin to using flashplug-installer (the latter, as far as I am aware, auto downloads the latest flash plugin from the Adobe site and thus is better at keeping up-to-date).

So, close Firefox and then run the following commands:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove adobe-flashplugin (this should also purge adobe-flash-properties-gtk which depends on it)

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove flashplugin-installer (to get rid of the residual configuration)

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Once that's done, relaunch Firefox and, using Tools->Add-ons->Plugins, check that the current version of Shockwave Flash is listed as 25.0r0.
 
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Thanks hydrurga. Seems I can't stay out of this place! Appreciate your help.
But you're one of us, Gregg. Why would you want to stay out? (said in my best Borg Collective voice)
 
Old 03-21-2017, 09:12 PM   #6
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LOL! -

Ditto:-
 
Old 03-21-2017, 09:31 PM   #7
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Some sites just say that because they are looking for the WINDOWS version of flash. You can sometimes work around that by using pepper flash via freshwrapperplugin for firefox and the version of flash that used to ship with chrome. Now available at adobe.com (PPAPI). Alternatively use hexedit to change the strings for the linux version (NPAPI) to the windows version number. I tend to avoid websites that have those types of ridiculous checks and limits. But it's not always possible.

$ sudo update-flashplugin-nonfree --status

Or something like that, as I don't currently have it installed.
 
Old 03-21-2017, 10:00 PM   #8
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Thanks Gregg. Now where did that flashplugin-installer rc come from? (it means that residual configuration for the package has been left on the system, so it was previously installed then removed)?

Anyway, I would suggest that you move from using adobe-flashplugin to using flashplug-installer (the latter, as far as I am aware, auto downloads the latest flash plugin from the Adobe site and thus is better at keeping up-to-date).

So, close Firefox and then run the following commands:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove adobe-flashplugin (this should also purge adobe-flash-properties-gtk which depends on it)

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove flashplugin-installer (to get rid of the residual configuration)

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Once that's done, relaunch Firefox and, using Tools->Add-ons->Plugins, check that the current version of Shockwave Flash is listed as 25.0r0.

Okay, thanks. So I was going to run all your commands but before I did though I went to the Plugin to make sure I could find what you wanted when I was done. There I found a new paper trail, if you will, that I figured I'd report before I ran your commands.

Screenshot 184 is what showed up when I did Add-ons>Plugins (in Firefox)

185 This is what happened when I clicked on the bottom "More" link in 184

186 This what happened when I clicked on the "Update now" link in 184

187 This is what happened when I clicked on the middle "More" link in 184

188 This is what happened when I clicked on the "Learn more" link in 184

In a perfect world I would be able to figure all that out on my own. Alas, the world ain't perfect. And so, let me know if this new information changes anything or if I should still run your commands. Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:02 PM   #9
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But you're one of us, Gregg. Why would you want to stay out? (said in my best Borg Collective voice)
I had to Google Borg Collective Voice but I'm glad I did because now I'll use that voice whenever I talk to customer service reps.
 
Old 03-21-2017, 10:03 PM   #10
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LOL! -

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Ha ha, Ztcoracat, how 'bout it?
 
Old 03-21-2017, 10:05 PM   #11
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Some sites just say that because they are looking for the WINDOWS version of flash. You can sometimes work around that by using pepper flash via freshwrapperplugin for firefox and the version of flash that used to ship with chrome. Now available at adobe.com (PPAPI). Alternatively use hexedit to change the strings for the linux version (NPAPI) to the windows version number. I tend to avoid websites that have those types of ridiculous checks and limits. But it's not always possible.

$ sudo update-flashplugin-nonfree --status

Or something like that, as I don't currently have it installed.
Thanks Shadow. I came across some new info (I put it in post #8). It was over my head but I do remember seeing
Code:
PPAPI
in there. Take a peek if you would.
 
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The screenshots are to be expected given that adobe-flashplugin is installed (the version in the Ubuntu repos is currently 24.0). Firefox is aware that version 25.0 of the Flash plugin is now out and therefore protests about the older version.

The OpenH264 plugin is fine.

As of version 52, Firefox stopped supporting all NPAPI plugins, its historical plugin format, except Flash (because so many sites still unfortunately use Flash). Hence the final screenshot.

Go ahead and run the commands (remember to close your browser before doing so).
 
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:38 PM   #13
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Resistance is futile!
 
Old 03-22-2017, 01:29 PM   #14
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The screenshots are to be expected given that adobe-flashplugin is installed (the version in the Ubuntu repos is currently 24.0). Firefox is aware that version 25.0 of the Flash plugin is now out and therefore protests about the older version.

The OpenH264 plugin is fine.

As of version 52, Firefox stopped supporting all NPAPI plugins, its historical plugin format, except Flash (because so many sites still unfortunately use Flash). Hence the final screenshot.

Go ahead and run the commands (remember to close your browser before doing so).
Thanks hydrurga. Here's the terminal:
Code:
gregory@gregory-GA-A55M-DS2:~/Desktop$ sudo apt-get --purge autoremove adobe-flashplugin
[sudo] password for gregory: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  adobe-flash-properties-gtk* adobe-flashplugin*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 8 not upgraded.
After this operation, 37.9 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 259805 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing adobe-flash-properties-gtk (1:20170214.1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
Removing adobe-flashplugin (1:20170214.1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
Purging configuration files for adobe-flashplugin (1:20170214.1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5.1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3.1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.15-0ubuntu1) ...
gregory@gregory-GA-A55M-DS2:~/Desktop$ sudo apt-get --purge autoremove flashplugin-installer
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  flashplugin-installer*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 8 not upgraded.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 259771 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing flashplugin-installer (25.0.0.127ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
Purging configuration files for flashplugin-installer (25.0.0.127ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
gregory@gregory-GA-A55M-DS2:~/Desktop$ sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Suggested packages:
  x-ttcidfont-conf ttf-xfree86-nonfree xfs
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  flashplugin-installer
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 8 not upgraded.
Need to get 6,846 B of archives.
After this operation, 59.4 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/multiverse amd64 flashplugin-installer amd64 25.0.0.127ubuntu0.16.04.1 [6,846 B]
Fetched 6,846 B in 0s (52.0 kB/s)                 
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package flashplugin-installer.
(Reading database ... 259772 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../flashplugin-installer_25.0.0.127ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking flashplugin-installer (25.0.0.127ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
Processing triggers for update-notifier-common (3.168.3) ...
flashplugin-installer: processing...
flashplugin-installer: downloading http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1.orig.tar.gz
Get:1 http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1.orig.tar.gz [30.4 MB]
Fetched 30.4 MB in 13s (2,228 kB/s)                                                                                                                                                
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1.orig.tar.gz' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
Installing from local file /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20170314.1.orig.tar.gz
Flash Plugin installed.
Setting up flashplugin-installer (25.0.0.127ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
gregory@gregory-GA-A55M-DS2:~/Desktop$
I took a screenshot of the plugin page.

No warnings when I'm on Amazon. Skies are blue. People are happy. Life is good. (Hard to say that in a Borg Collective voice!)

Thanks!!
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Old 03-22-2017, 01:30 PM   #15
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