Recently Firefox started refusing to run flash, including youtube videos (about the only flash I run). A bar would appear at the top of the page saying "This plug-in is vulnerable and should be upgraded". Apparently Adobe had another security bug. There's an "Update now" button in the Firefox bar, but it's a chimera: Firefox has never known how to install plug-ins for Linux (there are longstanding bugs filed on why it claims to be able to but can't), and it certainly doesn't know how to update a Debian package.
I use a Firefox downloaded
from Mozilla.org, but flash from
Debian's flashplugin-nonfree package.
So I figured updating Debian --
apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade
-- would fix it. Nope. I still got the same message.
A little googling found several pages recommending
update-flashplugin-nonfree --install; I tried that but
it didn't help either. It seemed to download a tarball, but as far as
I could tell it never unpacked or installed the tarball it downloaded.
What finally did the trick was
apt-get install --reinstall flashplugin-nonfreeThat downloaded a new tarball, AND unpacked and installed it. After restarting Firefox, I was able to view the video I'd been trying to watch.
[ 15:21 Dec 18, 2014 More linux | permalink to this entry | ]