So, Flash is supposed to die this year. I offer Flash through Self Service, and I use patch management to keep it up to date. The only reason why I offer it through Self Service is so that my users will have a safe place to download it instead of clicking some random link on a website which is likely a fake installer. It seems that a lot of users don't even think about getting Flash from Adobe! Anyway... I'm curious what everyone plans to do about Flash when Adobe officially kills it. If it had a grave to dance on, I would do that. I'm considering removing it from every Mac that I manage, and then finding a way to block it from that point forward. I removed Flash from both of my Macs in late 2015, and since then, I haven't needed it. I don't think any of my users need it. They just think that they do.
Currently we have 1 internal website that requires Flash. The owners of that site have been notified that Flash is going away. The Security team will definitely put their foot down since there won't be any new patches for it. I will run a deletion script on Jan 1, 2021 (or whatever is the official first day of a Flash-free world) to pull it from every Mac. If the site owners don't have a replacement in place by then, that's on them.
It has been a standard push install for us... Starting this summer it becomes an optional install until December...That way I can get metrics on who are still active users... Come December I’m going to be meeting with our Mac users to talk about it... I’ve already informed them numerous times over the past few years that this was coming... At the end of December not only is it no longer going to be available but I am going to be actively scoping a policy to attack the remnants of flash on Macs, as well as pushing new browser versions.
I'd like to remove it from my fleet. Still figuring out how to issue the uninstall command remotely. Like others, I plan to direct them to use Chrome.
I don't have installed it in my home Mac, and I've never needed it, or Chrome.
@cbrewer Yep, I actually found it in the Flash Player Admin Guide over the weekend. Though they direct you to download an "uninstaller," I extrapolated that the Adobe Flash Player Install Manager.app is already installed. I created a very simple script in JamfPro, and tested it out. Works like a charm. I'm very excited about this.
Adobe is now displaying an end of life page if someone goes to their website to download flash. The command posted by @cbrewer above will remove Flash. It prompts for a password, but if the command is ran as root, it won't. I wasn't thinking about the Flash Player Install Manager, so I wrote a script that removes every Flash component. Safari and Chrome both no longer support Flash. My understanding is that Firefox will stop supporting Flash in December.
FINALLY! Last week we pulled the trigger and remotely uninstalled flash on ALL managed devices. Since we're finishing up our holiday break it's only hit about half of the systems but still. It felt REALLY good.